The 1942 Kübelwagen Type 82, born from the German term "Kübelsitzwagen" (bucket seat car), had its origins as a recreational vehicle crafted by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferry. Initially conceived as a playful "buggy" for leisure, the evolving wartime landscape transformed it into a robust military vehicle. Comparable to the American Jeep during WWII, the Kübelwagen utilized the base of the KDF Type 1, the precursor to the Volkswagen Beetle, with bodies expertly constructed by Ambi-Budd.
Despite power directed solely to the rear wheels, the Kübelwagen's gear reduction portal drives and limited slip differential, coupled with its lightweight design, endowed it with remarkable off-road capabilities. Manufactured in 1943 and meticulously restored in France, our Kübelwagen proudly showcases the distinctive Rommel blazon, adorned with palm trees, symbolizing its association with the renowned Afrika Korps.
Beyond its military role in WWII, the Kübelwagen Type 82 stands as a versatile and widely employed vehicle across various wartime theaters. Celebrated for its simplicity and reliability, it played a pivotal role in transporting personnel and equipment for the German armed forces. Emphasizing practicality with its doorless design and bucket seating, the Kübelwagen embodies functionality over luxury. Its historical significance is further underscored by its ties to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps, rendering our carefully restored 1942 Kübelwagen a compelling artifact from a pivotal period in automotive and military history.