VW 181 Facts & Figures

Kübelwagen definition

Kübelwagen is an abbreviation from Kübelsitzwagen which literally means "bucket seat car". It was a generic name for open-topped military utility cars fitted with bucket seats. During WW-II several manufacturers built Kübelwagens, so the type 82 was only one of several "Kübels".
Although the type 82 and 181 may look like bathtubs on wheels, it was actually the shape of the seats which gave this type of vehicle their name.

Source: Hanno Spoelstra

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