Unique Volks and their Vdubs

24 Feb

Here are a couple of interesting VW’s I have come across over the weekend. The first one is a 1942 Schwimmwagen.

1942 Schwimmwagen

The VW-Schwimmwagen was an amphibious vehicle used extensively by the German Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the Second World War. It was mechanically based on the Kübelwagen (which in turn was based on the civilian Volkswagen, later known as a VW Beetle), and was produced by the Volkswagen factory at Wolfsburg, with the bodies (or rather hulls!) produced by Ambi Budd in Berlin. Erwin Komenda, Ferdinand Porsche’s first car body designer, developed the car body construction. Komenda patented his ideas for the swimming car at the German Patent office.

Ammo none
Armament none or 7.92mm MG34
Armor none
Crew 4
Engine VW Boxer 1131cc/4 cylinder/25hp
Fuel Capacity 2 x 25 litres
Height 1.615m (with the roof)
1.080m (with out the roof)
Length 3.825m
Range Road 520km
Cross Country km
Speed Road 80km/h
Water 10km/h
Weight 1362kg
Width 1.48m
This particular one is available on The Samba for a mere $150,000! But hey what would you expect to pay for a 2-seater amphibious vehicle complete with a machine gun and bullets!?
The second one is not a vintage bug but it does have a hellava boost to it by Ron Patrick
Jet Powered VW
The production engine is still operational to keep the car street legal.  With the jet propulsion,  the bug has ~ 1300hp.  Don’t try this at home.  Ron has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.  What a great project!
1 Comment

Posted by on February 24, 2008 in Fun Stuff


One response to “Unique Volks and their Vdubs

  1. whc03grady

    March 10, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    In my estimation, the Schwimmwagen is the coolest VW, if not the coolest vehicle, ever made. I visited a shop in Santa Barbara where the guy had TWO. Though they were in pretty rough/incomplete shape, I couldn’t help but drool.
    Nice blog, and thanks for the link! We have linked yours also, as is our custom.


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