1939 STOEWER R200 SPECIAL TROOP CARRIER Chassis No: 51
Stoewer-Werke manufactured the RISC Spezial four/five-seat cross-country car between 1936 and 1938 when it was replaced by the larger engined R200 which remained in production until 1940. Between 1937 and 1940 similar vehicles were also produced by BMW (Typ 325) and Hanomag [Typ 20B). Although the products of each manufacturer differed, both in detail and in the choice of power unit, the vehicle was designed on what was described as the Einheits Leicht Gelandegangige Personenkraftwagen chassis – “standardized light field car”.
Unfortunately, the intended interchangeability of power units was compromised by details such as differing fuel supply and exhaust outlet positions. Regardless of origin, the engine was linked to the wheels via a five-speed gearbox and single-speed transfer box. Self-locking differentials were fitted in both axles as well as in the transfer box. The suspension was independent on all four wheels, using upper and lower wishbones and coil springs. The earliest examples had four-wheel Steering and four-wheel drive, but this proved to offer no particular advantage in off-road use and was eventually abandoned as being dangerous.
Alongside the four- to five-seat field car (Kfz 1), standard variants included a communications vehicle (Kfz 2), maintenance/repair vehicle (Kfz 2/40) and surveillance vehicle (Kfz 3). In all cases, the bodies were built by Ambi-Budd Stanzerie, Berlin. A very rare car to find available on the open market, especially in this condition, this four to five-seat field example has recently been the subject to a comprehensive restoration. Complete with its weather equipment, this is possibly a unique opportunity.
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