Ferdinand Porsche produced an amphibious version of the Kubelwagen (Type 82) known as
Type 128. The vehicle was too large and unstable so he reduced it in size to create the Type
166 Schwimmwagen. The Type 166 originally replaced reconnaissance unit motorcycle-
sidecars but also became a scout and staff car. Amphibious and all-wheel drive made the
Type 166 a vehicle for mud, snow, sand or water. The rear-mounted three-blade propeller
was lowered and self-engaged to linkage from the engine. The Type 166 was the most
produced amphibious vehicle in history.


The first elements of the sPzAbt.101 arrived in Normandy on June 12, 1944, with 45 Tiger II’s
and numerous other types of vehicles including Schwimmwagen Type 166 WH-1361 549.
With 6 days ashore the Allies had managed to break out from the beach heads and by the
end of June 1944 the sPzAbt.101 had lost 1/3 of their tanks as well as most of its support
vehicles. By the end of August the remaining tanks had been lost.



Specifications for the VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen

Production Period – 1941 to 1944

Number Produced – 15,584

Engine – 4 cylinder air-cooled 1,131cc 25 hp

Speed
Cross Country Gear (4-wheel drive) – 10 km/h
1st Gear -17 km/h
2nd Gear – 32 km/h
3rd Gear – 50 km/h
4th Gear – 80 km/h On-Road
Reverse – 9 km/h
Maximum Speed In Still Water – 10 km/h with propeller @ 2,300 rpm

Electrical System – 6 volt
Dimensions
Length – 3,825 mm
Width – 1,480 mm
Height – 1,615 mm

Weight
Dry – 910 kg
Maximum – 1,345 kg
Hobby Master 1/48 Ground Power Series
HG1504
Schwimmwagen Type 166
WH-1361 549, WWII
True 1/48 scale.

Professionally painted.

Great attention to detail.

All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).

Rubber wheels roll.

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.

Highly collectable.
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