A real Kubelwagen? Many VW enthusiasts dream!
This dream can become reality with this real beast!
Kubelwagens should not look nice by the letter with every nut and bolt lined in same direction. That's not the reason they've been build and even less how they were used!
Kubelwagens been produced to fight, to survive as long as it could, but especially to capture more land from the enemies, as fast as it could... but also save lives of soldiers so they could fight longer and move around as quick as possible.
The expected life (or survive) time of a Kubelwagen was 3 weeks at the front... This example did it a little longer as expectations!
But the good thing is, this baby looks like the real thing, no, it IS the real thing! Strong, rough and used, with necessary dents, scratches and battle scarves...Enough originality, KDF logo's everywhere, but also a very cool car ready to use and enjoy!
For sure not all is correct and pointers and buffers can (and will) tell what's wrong, but there's also a lot right, and the car has a huge fun and cool factor... So not all correct, but for sure a lot right and original!
Do You want a Kubelwagen to look at, or a Kubelwagen to use and play? I'm always going for the later one, put this baby in the dirt and have fun!
Underneath it has a very nice pan, correct front and rear axle... and what's important to me, never converted to hydraulic brakes, but still operates on its original cable brakes.
Dressed with "just enough" period accessories to make it believable... at first glance You could believe it left the battlefields only yesterday...
This Kubelwagen also comes with some spares, like an original Gun holder, a lot of spare bulbs, a book, and some other metal parts. Included as well is a period Wehrmacht Jerry can, an ammunition (mine?) box and an original skid plate, mainly in original paint, for the buffers... or just to enjoy...:)
Power plant is a correct 24.5PS engine, dressed mainly with correct parts...fully operational. It’s a strong engine, fires up when You turn the key and will bring you everywhere You want to go, also off-road!
We took off a valve cover to check inside the engine, everything looks hyper clean, and we saw also the Cog wheel VW logo to assure its all KDF!
Do You like Cog Wheel VW logos? You can find quiet a few on this car!
The secret of moving power with limited horsepower is a transmission with reduction boxes. Beside more ground clearance, they make your car double as strong because of the reduction of the gears!
In a general overview we agree this car is NOT a car for buffers and pointers... This is a car for a real enthusiast, that loves the looks, wants enough originality to sleep well at night, but before all wants a car that looks right and can be used, on and off track. This is simply one of the best looking Kubelwagens we ever had.
Owning Kubelwagens and Schwimmwagens for over 25 years and used them accordingly I like to share with you that the rear wheel Kubelwagen drives further in rough terrain as an all-wheel drive Schwimmwagen brother? You will be amazed how far a Kubelwagen will bring you! With a little knowledge for off-road You can easily go all off road tracks and leave many modern four-wheel drive cars FAR behind! Believe me or not they DON'T like that! Especially not when You ask them afterwards why they need actually four wheel drive for...:)
So let’s talk the numbers of this car and explain a little…
Body nr 6032 (1942) and Vin nr 2-041276 (1943) So what happened here?
When the war was over and all forces licked their wounds there was a lot of damage, mainly in side Europe that was albout half destroyed. As all time losers Germany had a lot of war debts to fulfill. They tried to pay with whatever they had, most being military equipment. So all helmets ended up in Tsjech republic, or all Messerschmidt planes in Spain…. What only few people seems to know, is that all Kubelwagens and what was left of it been granted to France to pay part of the war debts… This Kubelwagen not being an exception.
When the French army got all used Kubelwagens they dismantled all of them, separated the body from the chassis, engines, transmissions , front axles. After inspection for usability they build up cars with only the good components, so might be a 42 body on a 43 pan like this one.
The Kubelwagen out of BBT’s private collection also came from France with a non-matching pan and body, that one served in the French army too. It’s a part of the history!
This is especially a lot of fun ahead, that's what we sell here...
Don’t hesitate to contact us for all further information, this baby awaits You.