Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

A Volkswagen Schwimmwagen TYP 166, 1944 WWII German amphibious vehicle.
A Volkswagen Schwimmwagen TYP 166, 1944 WWII German amphibious vehicle.

THIS week we value a Volkswagen Schwimmwagen TYP 166, 1944, second world war German amphibious vehicle.

The original body on original frame has been certified by Volkswagen, and still carries a delivery first engine, registered in Italy just after the end of the war.

Originally designed by Porsche for the German army, around 15,000 of these were built.

A very versatile machine, it was theoretically capable of traversing most terrains with its four-wheel drive capability and being amphibious.

Having said that, it is thought the average lifespan during the war amounted to only six weeks! This example has outlived many of its counterparts by a considerable margin and appears to be in incredible condition.

Our specialists valued it at £120,000-£180,000.

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