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1974 181 Kubelwagen (German Military Vet.) Pop-up ad layout What is this? | Turn on always show all large photos     Ad id: 2033168
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1974 181 Kubelwagen (German Military Vet.)   Price: 20500 OBO
You are looking at an all original 1974 cold war survivor Bundeswehr Kubel. This beauty has less than 16,000 original miles (25,717 KM) and is in prime condition. I imported it directly from Germany where it spent most of it's life in a military warehouse. The Kubel is currently registered in California under my name. I have all documentation to pass on to the next proud owner.

I have kept this Kubel in it's original condition even down to the German Goodyear all terrain tires. All I have done is tune it up and change the oil. The original military options are still intact and working well. The blackout lights and bullet-button lockout switch are all fully functional. The gas heater is 100% complete but the timer knob was broken in transport. I started it once to see if it was working and it fired right up.

The original numbers matching 1600 dual port engine still has the suppressed ignition system, which is water tight and ready for an EMP. It is very difficult to find any Kubel still fitted with this system in perfect working order. The generator has stainless braded noise suppressing wires and the go to a series of noise canceling, stealth mode boxes. The engine runs great and is also fitted with the original crank-start pulley with an accessory drive belt groove. The hand crank is ready to go to work strapped down on the passenger side of the engine compartment. On the drives side is the factory wheel chock. Going down the road you can tell this is a nearly new VW. The Kubel feels very solid and the ride is smooth. The suspension is tight and it tracks perfectly with no slop in the steering.

The transmission is a limited slip IRS which is important for improved handling and driving at highway speeds. The earlier Kubel's had reduction boxes on a swing axle transmission, this was great for low range but not good for highway driving. The front end has a skid pan and the engine is protected by skid plates for off road adventures.

Inside you will find everything as it should be for a low mileage car. Original shovel in back, complete military first aid kit strapped under the dash, fire extinguisher between the seats, rifle mounts next to the seats, all stickers and badges in place, and front seats that fully recline. Original rubber floor mats protect the shiny black painted rust free floor. Also included is the ash tray, and a 12 volt accessory port. I have the original trouble light that plugs into the accessory port and has a cord that will allow you to light up anything you need to see front to back.

The convertible top is original and in almost new condition, being stored inside has really preserved this top you can even make out the VW logo in the rear window. The front side curtains are also original and very clear with fully functional vent wings . The original rear side curtains are not as clear so I have purchased new ones for Germany if you would like to change them out. The German Military also included outside mirror blackout covers, headlight covers and a windshield cover from the same material as the top. All of these items are in the original storage bag located under the front hood.

Since this is a military vehicle it is painted with radar scattering, flat green paint. It did receive a very nice re-spray while in service with the German Military. There is zero rust on the body and the floor pans are also rust free.

The Bundeswehr Kubelwagen was built in Germany, not Mexico, like the Thing models sold in the USA. This is a very unique vehicle that should be left all original, These Kubels are becoming increasingly popular and almost impossible to find in this condition. This is a sound investment as prices are rising quickly. Here is your chance to own a unique piece of VW German Army memorabilia.

I am sure I forgot something as this Kubel has many factory accessories.

Please e-mail me questions and if you would like to see more pictures I can send you what ever you need. Delivery to a freight forwarder can be arranged.
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