1940 Opel Blitz German Army TruckAsking$65,000
The vehicle was purchased in Norway and totally restored. It has the original motor and is fully rebuilt from engine to rear axle. All parts are correct and in excellent condition. 7 new wheels and tires, all new wood box, original hinges in excellent condition, full restoration on very nice and correct body. All restoration was performed by award winning Opel experts.
This vehicle works perfectly.
- Manufacturer: Opel Division of General Motors, Germany
- Production Year: 1940
- Engine: Opel, 3.6-liter, 68-hp, six-cylinder, liquid-cooled, gasoline
- Transmission: 5F1R
- Brakes: Hydraulic
- Length: 20 feet, 4-1/2 inches
- Width: 7 feet, 5-1/2 inches
- Height: 9 feet, 6 inches (to top of cargo area bonnet)
- Weight: Approximately 3.4 tons
- Armor: None
- Armament: NONE on this example – Could be fitted with a 7.92-mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun
- Maximum speed: Approximately 50 mph
- Maximum Payload: 3 tons
- Markings: German 12th Infantry Division, Bakery Company
Production of the Opel Blitz (Lightning) 3,6-36S began in 1938 at the Opel Brandenburg/ Havel plant under the direction of Heinz Nordhoff whom, after WW II, became head of Volkswagen. The 4×2 Opel Blitz 3-ton is one of the first standardized military truck models that was developed from guidelines established by the Schell-Program. In 1938, General Schell, Director of Motorization for the Wehrmacht (German military), proposed to cut back procurement of vehicles of all types to just a few standard chassis which, in turn, were suitable for both military and commercial service. He reduced the number of truck models from 113 to 30. The Schell-Program introduced universal weight capacity classes of 1,1-1/2, 3, 4-1/2 and 6-1/2-tons, most with a basic 4×2 (S-Type) and a 4×4 (A-Type) version. The Opel Blitz 3-ton 4×2 (S-Type) was the Wehrmacht’s most popular, and successful 4×2 truck design. Field reports from front-line troops in North Africa and Russia using the Opel 3-ton 4×2 were very positive. Early models featured civilian-type cabs; late models had simplified ersatz cabs constructed of timber frames and pressed cardboard. About 70,000 Opel 3-ton 4x2s, in several versions, were built.
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