Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious

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Lot 163
Single family ownership since 1947, c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious

Sold for € 149,500 (US$ 161,474) inc. premium
Single family ownership since 1947
c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Coachwork by 14133
One of the 20th Century’s truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ lived down its origin as Hitler’s ‘people’s car’, going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic, as well as spawning a host of derivatives. Outlined in the early 1930s, Hitler’s brief envisaged an affordable car costing less than 1,000 Reichsmarks. The man charged with translating the Führer’s dream into reality was Dr Ferdinand Porsche. One of Germany’s foremost automobile engineers, Porsche had presided over the design departments of Austro-Daimler, Daimler-Benz and Steyr, and had already developed several prototypes that went some way towards meeting Hitler’s requirements for the concept. The Volkswagen that eventually entered production though, would be all new design, albeit one that would only come to fruition after WW2.

A substantial number of prototype Volkswagens had been touring Germany for some months promoting the car when the Wehrmacht rolled across the Polish border on 1st September 1939. Civilian production trickled on, eventually ceasing as Germany’s fortunes declined, but the concept’s potential military applications had been under consideration for some time. Indeed, Porsche’s Type 60 (the Volkswagen prototype) with its strong backbone chassis and air-cooled engine had been recognised as an ideal basis for the German army’s proposed Kübelwagen (‘bucket car’) – a lightweight, open utility vehicle. A small number of Type 62 Kübelwagens were in service by the time war broke out. Experience with these early vehicles soon led to a number of modifications, the result being the definitive Type 82 that would see service on virtually every front.

Yet another variant was the Schwimmwagen, an amphibious vehicle that represented almost total re-engineering rather than merely further development. The Schwimmwagen featured a watertight, door-less hull – designed by Porsche’s colleague Erwin Komenda - four-wheel drive and a power take-off from the engine that drove a retractable propeller. Types 128 Model A, 138 Model C and 166 Model C were manufactured as the design progressed, most of the 14,000-or-so Schwimmwagens manufactured ending up with units of the Waffen SS.

This example of the most mass-produced amphibious car ever was first registered in Italy on 25th August 1947 by the current owner’s father. Completely restored in 1994, this Schwimmwagen has been fitted with a more modern 1,300cc engine, while the mechanicals and propeller system work very well. Described as in very good condition, the vehicle is offered with restoration invoices and Italian registration papers.




Cet exemplaire du véhicule amphibie le plus produit au monde fut immatriculé en Italie le 25 août 1947 par le père du propriétaire actuel. Totalement restaurée en 1994, cette Schwimmwagen a été équipée d’un moteur de 1 300 cm3 plus moderne, les organes mécaniques et de navigation fonctionnant parfaitement. En excellente condition, cette voiture est proposée avec son dossier de factures de restauration et ses papiers d’immatriculation italiens.
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
Single family ownership since 1947,c.1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen Amphibious
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