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German Army Schwimm-Wagen Type 166

German Army Schwimm-Wagen Type 166

This vehicle is the amphibious version of the "Kuebel-Wagen". Between 1942 and 1944, 14,238 were manufactured, this one July 5, 1943. Note the ingenious propeller drive system directly connected to the engine. The vehicle is a 4-wheel drive with a 5-speed transmission. It was capable of about 6 mph in water. The life expectancy of the Schwimm-Wagen was only 4 weeks! Very few survived the war. The body was built by Ambi Budd, a division of American Budd Co. The engine is a Volkswagen, air-cooled, "flat four" developing about 25 hp from 69 cu. inch displacement. The weight of the vehicle was about 2425 pounds loaded.

Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles - Dedicated to Those Who Served

Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles - Dedicated to Those Who Served

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Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles
606 Heartland Road
Lexington, Nebraska 68850
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