The Kubelwagen was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS)

Probably one of the most famous ww2 German vehicles, it was the axis equivalent of the “Jeep“, although the production (over 50,000) which ended in 1945 was much less than its famous allied counterpart (over 650,000)

It was nevertheless the brainchild of genius engineer Ferdinand Porsche and was apparently named after its bucket seats (“Kübelsitzwagen” later contracted) rather than the open space of the vehicle which entire strength was in the chassis. Simple, reliable, rugged, with good cross-country performances, cheap and tailored for mass-production the Volkswagen Type 86 was everything needed for a versatile standard liaison/staff/recce/utility vehicle of the Wehrmacht.