It is certainly not the most beautiful car, but you should not be surprised if, when stopped on the street, this vehicle would gather more curious people around itself than any other sports model.

On land, this "bathtub on wheels" looks a bit strange, but when it comes to the verse for which it is intended, the overall picture slightly changes.

It is a VW Type 166, also known as the Schwimmwagen (i.e. a floating car). One of the most interesting cars in the history of the automotive industry, where everything is extremely functional. No surprise as it was designed for the German Wehrmacht, based on KdF Wagen (Kraft durch Freude) model by Ferdinand Porsche.

VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen © VW

VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen © VW

Hans Trippel, a renowned builder of floating cars in the Third Reich, created several original designs for amphibious cars. However, Trippel had no factory of his own (after the French occupation, he was given the Bugatti factory in Molsheim). So Erwin Komenda, the designer of the first Ferdinand Porsche car, was tasked with developing a massive amphibian vehicle for the army.

VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen © VW

VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen © VW

After examining Trippel's design, Wolfsburg engineers used the newly launched VW Beetle engine and other components to produce the amphibian VW / Porsche Type 128. When the first 30 cars were tested, they performed well. After Wehrmacht made his comments, in 1941 the manufacturing of the VW Type 166 began. While Type 128 was designed for engineering units, Type 166 was for motorized shooters, just like a lightweight SUV.

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