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Tobruk to Kaap in a Kubelwagen


I seem to quite a bit of time at my local in Muizenberg, Cape Town, days and spot many an car or motorcycle on the forecourt. There was a Plus 8 with German plates but more recently a Town-registered Kubelwagen (translated German, it’s tub truck).

A I hear you ask.

Proud owner of this Kubelwagen is Barry Gasson, a car and resident of St James. When why he owned a German Second War military-style vehicle he told me he had but admiration for this VW-made desert machine.


It’s strongly built and to last — besides it’s fun to drive.

This example of Kubelwagen is not to be confused something similar – albeit in style – put out by Volkswagen Germany in the — this is a genuine production vehicle for the military of one Adolf Hitler.

Famous Austrian car designer Porsche was commissioned to come up a vehicle of this type as as 1934 but was only pressured in to oversee full-time production for the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS (Germany’s war machine).

The vehicle had to be cheap, transport that could endless kilometres over or bad roads. Porsche’s idea of a strengthened version of the ‘People’s simply wasn’t good – there were distinct to be found in the chassis and suspension was finally used but all the main had to be ‘over-engineered’ in the Kubelwagen derivative.

Instructions (orders!) stressed the Type 82 Kubelwagen, as it became had to acccommodate four officers in in a vehicle that shouldn’t more than 550kg – with a one-litre engine,

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Amazingly, lacking all-wheel drive, managed to deliver a vehicle proved very accomplished rough terrain. The weight allowed the vehicle to simply its way over the rough stuff due to skid plates – well, and the self-locking ZF differential that for the lack of 4×4.

Porsche’s penchant for lightness that the wagen was actually lighter than the American Willys Jeep.

Full-scale of the Kubelwagen took place in – surprisingly, very few changes deemed necessary to the vehicle in its production life, the factory out just over 50 000 of them.

believes his car, along just one other up on the Reef, are the two running examples left in the Spares, nevertheless, are fairly sourced from other VW finding a suitable set of 16 tyres has the biggest headache to date.

Perhaps the final word come from the Americans on a couple of Kubelwagens in North desert, who admitted the German vehicle was simpler, easier to and maintain, faster and more for four passengers than own Jeep.

Makes you wonder how the Jerries lost the war!

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