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The Einheits-Fahrgestelle (standard-chassis) of the Wehrmacht

 

 

 

 

 

In the middle of the 1930s, attempts were made to increase the cross-country mobility of the Kübelwagen and the 6-wheeled cross-country lorries. The variety of types should be dammed, radically. Because of these demands, the Einheits-Fahrgestelle (standard-chassis) were developed. These ought to be used as chassis for the light, middle and heavy cross-country passenger cars, the 4-wheeled armoured cars and the light cross-country lorry (Einheitsdiesel). The Einheits-Pkw chassis were manufactured by several companies, which used company own engines, transmissions etc. Therefore, the chance of standardisation was missed from the beginning on. Beyond that, the technology turned out to be much too complicated under war conditions. The light and heavy Einheits-Pkw for example had four-wheel steering. With the Type 40 models of the three Einheits-Pkw classes, the technology was substantially simplified. Nevertheless, production of all three classes was interrupted between 1941 and the beginning of 1944. But many of these vehicles remained in the campaign until the end of war.

 

 

 

 

 

The Einheitsfahrgestelle (standard-chassis):

 

 

l. gl. Pkw.

m. gl. Pkw.

s. gl. Pkw.

l. gl. Lkw.

4-wheel PzSpWg

 

 

 

 

 

Here is some comparison data of the used vehicles:

 

 

 

 

 

Make & type:

Deadweight (kg):

Payload (kg):

Clearance (cm):

Mileage in l (road.):

 

 

l. gl. Pkw.

1,775

425

23.5

17

 

 

Mercedes Benz 170 VK

1,235

425

20.0

13

 

 

VW Type 82

725

450

29.0

9

 

 

m. gl. Pkw.

2,700

600

25.0

26

 

 

s. gl. Pkw.

3,300

1,000

25.0

32

 

 

Steyr 1500 A

2,500

1,675

27.5

24

 

 

Krupp L 2 H 143

2,450

1,150

22.5

27

 

 

l. gl. Lkw.

5,000

2,500

25.0

30

 

 

Opel Blitz 3,6-36

2,500

3,300

22.5

25

 

 

Opel Blitz 3,6-6700 A

3,350

3,100

22.5

30

 

 

 

 

 

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