Kidston 1944 Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen — Volkswagen 166

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1944 Volkswagen Type 166

Chassis no. 7-013480

Price

Fully functioning, in immaculate fresh from a two-year by model expert Dave

Rare late-model, one of the final Schwimmers’ to survive the war

More 36bhp engine installed 24bhp to be included in the sale

dedication to originality means construction faithfully followed parts etc.)

A crowd-pulling at events on land or water

If one ‘Porsche’ and its famous designer Komenda, the first images come to mind are 356s up Alpine passes, or the very 911. A camouflaged military fording rivers on the Eastern in 1943, seems worlds

But it was Ferdinand Porsche and Komenda, of the VW Beetle and its military cousin, the . who developed the VW Type 166 ‘Schwimmwagen’ . mid-1942 to late-1944 around were produced at either (Wolfsburg) or Porsche’s own factory in The bodies (hulls, should we were by Ambi Budd of

The ‘swimming car’ differed in respects from the angular . It was 10cm narrower, and based on a (200cm vs. 240cm) wheelbase for manoeuvrability. And the construction was made far to cope with the anticipated usage across country. It was streamlined all the better to ‘swim’.

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Variations between individual exist but all had four-wheel drive, a low and the option of switching to two-wheel only. On the road, the Type 166 was fast: 80km/h was possible.

The came straight from the being the familiar 24.5bhp, air-cooled flat-four. The propeller ran at speed off a coupling on the rear of the After lowering the propeller to engage drive, the force of the against the screw kept it Rearward travel was not possible via the although crews could the heavily-treaded driven wheels in via the gearbox, or use the paddle fixed to the of the car. The latter was also to rescue the craft in the event of failure on water.


Steering was via the front wheels so, just the accelerator and steering the small car could be ‘driven’ quite big rivers and streams.

It was not and only made tough to last as a fast reconnaissance augmenting and replacing the German famous motorcycle and sidecar Once on active service the of a Schwimmwagen could be as little as six It saw action on both Eastern and fronts.

This late-1944 (chassis ‘ Schwimmer ’ has just come out of a two-year, restoration by recognised model Dave Crompton of Michigan, Since the work was completed, it has not used and is in ‘factory fresh’ and its larger (36bhp) engine it better driveability. The 24bhp is included in the sale.

Great has been paid during the restoration to keep its specification authentic. For example, as many parts as possible were re-used. All the now impossible-to-find fasteners and are present and totally correct. As the 166s were hand so the restoration has taken painstaking to replicate the style of welds and common in 1944, and no two cars exactly the same.

Only very few Schwimmwagen today and most are static exhibits with many parts absent or irreparably This is a rare opportunity to one of the best, in mint, ‘out of the condition thanks to the skill of one of the foremost experts.

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