The C.1944 NSU Kettenkrad – One of Germany’s Most Interesting War Vehicles

The C.1944 NSU Kettenkrad – One of Germany’s Most Interesting War Vehicles
June 17, 2017 Man of Many

The C.1944 NSU Kettenkrad – One of Germany’s Most Interesting War Vehicles

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If you are a WWII history buff, you will understand how important the 1944 NSU Kettenkrad was during the war. This vehicle was pretty typical of vehicles that were used by the German Wehrmacht.

Used in both the North African desert and the Eastern Front, the Kettenrad looks like a cross between a motorcycle and a snowmobile. Developed for Germany’s airborne forces, the 1944 Kettenrad is a multi-terrain, extremely durable towing vehicle. It is the only armed vehicle that can fit inside of the Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft.

The Kettenkrad was superior in most ways to vehicles used by the Wehrmacht’s enemies. It was one of the fastest war vehicles at the time and proved to be very reliable in many different conditions—from the Western desert heat to the frigid Russian winter.

There were only around 8,000 NSU Kettenkrads made. Very few have survived as a lot of the German army equipment disappeared after the war was over. That fact makes these vehicles a coveted collector’s item.

Some lucky person just managed to snap up a rare 1944 NSU Kettenkrad from Bonhams Auction House for just over $89,000 AUD. Once used by the German Forestry Commission, the vehicle that was auctioned off features a 1478 cc inline water cooled engine from an Opel Olympia car. The track system has padded rails and roller bearings. It has a top speed of 80 km/h on paved roads and just over 70 km/h off-road.

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