It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the factory that Adolph Hitler built to produce the original Volkswagen Beetle, the KdF-Wagen, actually built the military Kubelwagen variant before Type I production began. After all, possible military uses were part of the first discussion that Hitler had with Ferdinand Porsche about the “people’s car” in April of 1934. A number of variants of the Kubelwagen were made. Perhaps the most successful and best known is the amphibious Type 166, also known as the Schwimmwagen. The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy museum in St Clair Shores has one one display. It’s one of only 163 that are known to have survived out of over 15,000 that were made, the highest production amphibious car in history. By the way, one look at that front axle assembly and you know it’s somehow related to the Beetle.
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