By David Doyle/ 136 pages
The vehicle that was to become the Type 82 Kübelwagen had its roots in
the development of the Volkswagen “People’s Car.” With war clouds
gathering over Europe, the efforts of the Volkswagen facility were
turned to the production of military vehicles. In January 1938 work
began in earnest on the vehicle that would come to be popularly known as
the Kübelwagen. The term Kübelwagen means “bucket car” and was actually
applied to a variety of vehicles from a number of makers, but has come
to be synonymous with the Volkswagen Type 82. Even under the skilled
tutelage of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, two years of work and testing were
required before the Kübelwagen took its classic form. It was soon to
become as ubiquitous as the U.S. Army’s Jeep and was also designed a
produced as an amphibious car known as the Schwimmwagen.
As always, this Visual History title mixes rare and interesting
archival imagery with photos of restored vehicles. Produced with the
full and complete cooperation of the Kübel Korps, one of the world’s
largest Kübelwagen-Schwimmwagen restoration groups, this title presents
only the very finest restored examples. Early examples of the Kübelwagen
are featured, as is a very rare 1945 model. No detail is left
unrevealed, with interiors, multiple engine views and undercarriages.
Additionally, the Schwimmwagen is covered in equally great detail.