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.