1941 Type 877 extremely rare 4wd Beetle off-road Sedan Kommandeurwagen Model: Type 87 (92SS) 4wd Beetle off-road Sedan ( Porsche Type 877/287 ) Commander car Body Style: KdF 60 steel enclosed body with folding top plus an 82 chassis and 4wd. system. Only 564 copies were build between 1942 to1944 by Volkswagenwerk,Wolfsburg. Few steel enclosed prototype Made by Porsche KG,Zuffenhausen Stuttgart between 1940-1941 (early model with Kubelwagen Type 62 and 82 body) only a few unit off-highway widened fenders 4wd beetle type 87 have survived.Today it is extremely rare at this world. Construction: Type 82 Kubelwagen Steel central tubular frame with steel body (Ferdinand Porsche took this from Hans Ledwinka's Tatra Vehicle). Rear mount flat 4 air cool engine with 4 speed gear box, with an additional off-road low gear, like the type128 Schwimmwagen or VW166 propeller shaft is mounted inside the tubular frame, which could be engaged to drive the front differential at any road gear. Engine: Horizontally opposed HO-4 cylinder air cooled 1131cc., 25hp. Rear mounted Transmission: 4 Speed manual plus special off road gear ratios. Part time four wheel drive with two ZF self locking differentials (like todays performance LSD) plus rear hub reduction for increased ground clearance. Suspension: 4 wheel independent suspension. Front two transverse swing arms and single shock absorbers. Rear trailing arm, single cam type hydraulic damper and torsion bar (all around). Tire: 200-16 mud tire, 200-12 mud tire off road wide tire or 200R12 sand tire use by Afrika-Korps.( few prototype use 5.25R16 off road tire.) Fuel Tank: 40L Max speed: 80 km/h. Weight: 830 kg (80 kg more than Type 60 because of rear hub reduction gear, front axle, propeller shaft and over size 16 inch off road wide tire and 40L fuel tank. Brake system: 4 wheel Drum brake; mechanical cable control type.Professor Ferdinand Porsche wanted to learn from Ford to build a low cost but reliable car for every family in Germany in 1922. However no one showed the least bit of interest, not even his boss at the time (Austro-Daimler,Auto-Union). When Mercedes started discussing Ferdinand Porsche's dream car their cooperation was near the end (the Mercedes S130 was Mercedes People's car). Porsche started his own company. In 1931, Porsche had already made the drawings for a low cost people's car. Zundapp had even built three prototypes. NSU was also interested in the design, at the same time NSU was taken over by Fiat. Fiat had no interest in this design. Adolf Hitler came right on time. In 1934 they agreed the people's car fuel consumption had to be lower than 6-7 litres per 100km. Speed no less than 100km/h, this car was a full size family car, easy to maintain, strong enough to withstand travelling through countryside, reliable, affordable and yet costing no more than RM1000. A saving scheme was developed whereby each German family saved at least RM 5 per week for the new people's car. However, this was not a payment plan but a layaway plan. Stamps were purchased and when a stamp book was full, a new car could be bought with it. 3 prototypes tested at the end of 1936. Drove 50000 km in seventy days. Only two big car factories in Germany during this time; one owned by Ford and one owned by Opel. Hitler ordered his Arbeits front to construct a new, modern and huge factory in Wolfsburg (north Germany) in 1938. In 1940, the first people's car rolled off the assembly line. "You must save five Reichmarks a week if you want to own this car!" "Kraft durch Freude" = "strength through joy car" That's how the poster read advertising the German People's Car at the end of the 1930's. This program never materialized as all the prototype civilian Beetles (Type 60) after the 1939 Berlin Motor show actually went to Nazi party members, state officials, Ferdinand Porsche's staff and Volkswagen staff. In any case, the German's had lost their savings. All the people's car chassis were redesigned for the Army. Under Hitler's dictatorship, Germany was rearming rapidly in preparation for war. After the first world war the German Reichswehr, successor of the Imperial Army, began to purchase civilian cars for use in the Army. They fitted them with oversized off road tires, soft tops and a steel half door was developed to transform the civilian car into a military vehicle for off road use. But the standard front mounted engine with rear wheel drive never gave 4x2 cars a good performance in the wild. Due to more weight in the front dead axle. An all new civilian car with rear air cooled flat engine rear wheel drive with a tubular backbone chassis, like the Tatra wagen designed by Hans Ledwinka designed by Porsche work shop, was the perfect solution to off road travel. The body is all new steel made and is a simple bolted on type so easily transferred to the VW frame. Rear mounted engine, rear gear box and rear wheel drive increased the traction on the rear drive wheels. This also saved space, saved steel and removed the need for a long drive shaft. The air cooled engine allowed the car to be used in extreme environmental conditions, as no coolant could freeze and destroy the cooling system. Also easy to repair, without water cooled system, no radiator, water pump, engine coolant or water pipes needed which in turn, saved weight and saved metal. Just remove a few bolts and the engine can be taken off for repair. To build a le.gl Einheits-PKW 4x4 costs nearly 3 times the value of this new VW off road Kubelwagen. The Germany Army document show to build a Kubelwagen cost 2950 Reichsmark,but built a Einheits-Pkw 4 wheel drive and 4 wheel steering cost more than 8000 Reichsmark, Even the technologically much more complex later Schwimmwagen amphibious VW166 was cost 5450 Reichsmark much cheaper than the Kfz Einheits-Pkw a lot.In the immediate post-war years, all Type 60 chassis were converted to the military higher ground clearance Kubelwagen off road model, for example the VW 82e hard top off-road Sedan ,VW87 Kommandeurwagen (4wd version body from Kabrio-Limousine in its original civilian form Type 60 with special widened wheel fenders and running boards to make room for the big and wide off road tire) . If you read the Volkswagen story you will know that Volkswagen's people's car was developed by the Ferdinand Porsche design team in Stuttgart's town centre in 1934. During Professor Ferdinand Porsche's meeting with Adolf Hitler they had discussed a German people's car like 1920s Ford model T in America. This was their dream, a car which is very reliable, saved on fuel consumption, with 100 km/h on the road, light weight ,would have to be a full four-seater, easy in maintenance and low price and a car for every family. Before the meeting with Adolf Hitler, Ferdinand Porsche had also given this design to other car manufacturers such as Daimler-Benz but no one wanted to build such a good and low price car in Germany. Between 1935-38 the Porsche design team used all of their time to test their first series V1,V2 and V3, which nearly all use a Tubular backbone chassis with rear mount few ohv 2 cylinder air cooled petrol engine with manual 3 speed gear box, IFS, IRS suspension system and 2 door 4 seat steel body. After long distance test and a lot of improvements, a brand new 4-stroke, 4 cylinders (flat), four 985cc 23.5 hp air cooled engines; the car now looks very close to the 1938 VW30. At end of 1937 a VW30 full scale wooden model was ready, this is the first Split rear window Beetle prototype; just the vertical head lamps, rear skirt and rear stop light were to be modified by Porsche in January 1938. April 1938, the Porsche work shop built five 1:12 scale V303 model. The first one was sent to Hitler as a birthday present. One of these models is on display at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. 1939, the Porsche team were looking at a limited slip or a self locking differential from ZF for the Type 62 off road chassis. This type of positive locking differential was very modern at end of the 30's (like today's limited slip differential) was also fitted to the rear axle. This was very unique at that time. The self locking differential (LSD) gave the Kuebelwagen a good off-road performance. It is almost a substitute for 4x4 as both 62% weight of vehicle on the top of rear axle,2 rear wheels can be made to drive in mud, sand and snow. On the other hand the engineers wanted a four wheel drive system to make it ultimate in cross-country tractability for an amphibious Schwimmwagen land on soft mud. One of the most unusual and most fascinating early 62 off road Kubelwagen Typ 86 and beetle Typ 87 prototype been build between end of 1939- early1941 for test by Porsche and Nazi Army supply office. The Type 86,4wd design were completed during the summer of 1939, a propeller shaft was put inside the central Tubular backbone chassis, a second ZF positive locking differential was added at the mid-point of the front axle, power from the rear gear box to the front axle, a new 4 speed part time 4wd gear box fitted, with H 2 used on the road, H 4 for ice, snow, sand (and light off road) and a very low ratio special ratios 4wd gear (no reverse) for Max up 1:1 slope (100%) or Max towing. The hand brake needed move out of the tunnel because there was no room inside. Road gear and off road gear change lever also needed to be put on the top of tunnel. A new 1131 CC, 25 hp air-cooled ohv 4 cylinder boxer engine fitted for this 4x4, after the rough land test, vehicle returned to Stuttgart and modified. The rear axle fit a reduction gear (portal axle) to increase ground clearance. this new model call Typ 87.Because this reduction gear was on each wheel, the rear ring gear needed to be put on R hand side not L hand side to keep the rear wheels moving in the same direction. (A VW 87 training chassis is still keep in the Porsche Museum at Gmund,Carinthia. This chassis still runs on Kronprinz 12 inch sand tires, as did the cars of Afrika-Korps.) This reduction gear is the same as used on the VW82 Kubelwagen and the 1940 early Schwimmwagen Type128 prototype. The new Kdf Kafer Type 87 four wheel drive which has been running tests since early 1940, the off-road performance is very good, the 2 self locking differentials give the light weight Type 87/877/287 off-road Sedan all wheel drive in mud, sand and snow like a Track vehicle. In June there was an initial wash from an army unit for an all weather cross-country amphibious vehicle, based on the Type 87/877/287 four wheel drive Sedan running system, chassis and modified it into a monocoque brand new boat type body. This new body was very strong and light weight helping buoyancy and run on rough land with speeds of 80 km/h and 10km/h on rough land and water respectively. The Typ 86/87 prototype complete long drive shaft and front axle were also used by 30 unit of VW 128 prototype in 1940. It is not the same as the Schwimmwagen VW166, (1942-44) VW166 was a little narrower than VW86/87/877/287 and Type128 The drive shaft is also 400mm shorter than the VW 87/128. Porsche prototype 87 and few 128 Front axle case cable brake hole and speed meter gear hole position not the same as VW166 and VW87.The Volkswagen rear mount engine rear wheel drive system was very good for both on and off road, Today the Buggy used at Dakar Rally is a copy of the VW 82 Kubelwagen ,82e off-road Sedan. The VW 4-wheel drive system was much better for off road performance, with rear mount air cooled flat 4 engine, Central tube chassis, drive train in one straight line,indenpendent front two trailing arm with torsion bar and shock absorber and rear independent rear double joint swing axle with trailing arms and torsion bar and lever type shock absorber suspension, 4+1 low speed gear box, 2 self locking differential (LSD) at both 2 axles and is light weight. The Willys MB/GPW truck chassis can not compare, the 80s Paris to Dakar Rally winner Porsche 911 4wd and Porsche 959 4wd supercar layout same as the VW877.Today all super performance 4wd all use IFS, IRS, 2 Elec self locking differential (LSD), mid or rear mount engine,straight line drive train.No one used Jeep's truck leaf spring chassis and truck drive train. Throughout the War years, the Porsche workshops were full of interesting vehicles.1941 you still can see VW38, VW39, VW128, VW129,VW82,VW82e,VW877 Commander car, VW87 Kubelwagen, Type 68, Type 81, Type 64, VW62, Type 86. Only 30 units of Type 128 and less than 10 of Type 87 were built at the Porsche workshop in Stuttgart, few Type 87 converted to civilian Type 60 body,most with close cab and one with folding top. This was the new 4 Wheel Drive Sedan Type 877 used wid fender and wider running board to cover the wide off road tire.Also some sleeve-valved E60 twin carburettors engine,Supercharged engine,during 1938-1945 Porsche never stop test his sport car with the VW86 4wd early 62 Kubelwagens,VW87,VW877,VW82e,VW82 some picture show the sport car 38/42 was in the middle of a column of military vehicles. After war Ferry Porsche use all those information to build the new 356 flat 4 mid engine racing car and “Jagdwagen” Type 597 4 wheel drive German Jeep after WW2 . Before production Commander car at the Wolfsburg factory, Type 877 commander Sedan been wide testing to make sure the car is reliable. How many 4 wheel drive beetle were actually built can not 100% sure, The HWA (vehicle testing section) ordered 5000 unit 87/877,but According to information from Volkswagens.From 42-44 only 562 + 3 unit ( 3 unit VW877 build by British army for Test). more than 99% build by the Wolfsburg factory.More recent studies have indicated that this number is not definite,since all 4 wheel drive vehicle need front axle and 4 wheel drive gear box, between 1941-1944 due to the lack of supply,all front axle to build the all terrain Typ 87 chassis modified monocoque design Kradschutzenwagen (motorcycle rifleman car) later call Schwimmwagen (small amphibious 4x4.) to reolace German army 's motorcycle and side car unit.I belive may be less than 100 unit of four wheel drive Beetle and Kubelwagen been built for some Commander use only. Inside the front hood, the original Type 877 uses a handmade large fuel tank with a capacity of 40L. The fuel tank mounted on the bottom of the trunk and added with a new metal plate in front.There are two holes and two metal covers at both ends to sustaine the fuel tank inside Type 877 front hood and for an easier repair on the front axle. Unlike 877, Type 60 or Type 82e uses a round 25L fuel tank direct bolt on the transverse bar by strap, it is a smaller capacity for fuel storage and it can not prevent object from getting in between the incompleted gap.All post-war VW has chosen the VW 877 style fuel tank and uses sheet plate to cover the front axle. Today only a few VW 877 off road sedan are still in existence around the world. 4 wheel drive Kubelwagen VW87 never got to mass production. Type 877 Commanders , sedan were widely used in the Afrika-Korps and Waffen-SS as a Commander off road car at front line. Nearly all of them had an opening roof, near all distroyed at front line or vehicle had to be left behind due to no gas or small problem,in order to prevent the British from being able to put it to further use under their colours,it is set on fire.Today everyone knows the War time VW was the best mass production off road vehicle, simple, strong, very reliable, light, fuel efficient and has very good off road performance. Only a few VW 87/VW877 have survived, one VW 877 Commander's Sedan at Volkswagen museum in wolfsburg (this VW877 was one of three made in 1946, for testing by the British and Franch Army, front tube bumper was from another old British military vehicle). Another one at Porsche Auto Museum in Gmund. (This one is a Volkswagen too, it was build at 1942 or 44 and been fully restored like our one,use a early 50s body to rebuilt.) Others few (VW877) all owned by collectors.( At earlys 70s some people use 166 running gear to build their 4wd beetle, they try to use a VW82 Kubelwagen/VW82e staff car chassis and put 166 running gear, but a lot of problem, propeller shaft not long enough,front drive shaft not long enough,cable brake, speed meter hole not the same etc, most people will put a early 50s Type I body. This type of "87" got lot of problem.) The one we have is a very rare 41 prototype ( belive the one of the 3 final typ 877 prototype model )with a 25hp engine, Typ 877, four wheel drive off road version with the KdF 60 sedan body, This car we imported from Germany in mid of 2011, it is fully restored by Maik (he got this car from a collector in Austria).The non synchromesh 4 speed gear box,front axle,spare tire,mechanical cable control brakes,heavy dust type Cyclone Afrika-Korps Sahara desert Air Filter are original condition. Today this historic vehicle at Hong Kong With a Stuttgart temporary licence plate [ IIIA – 0 7 8 3 ].( before receiving its permanent Army number at 1941.) This car is the oldest know the most technically interesting 4 wheel drive off road Beetle in the world.Although reportedly, nearly all previous prototypes were destroyed by French and American bombing raids during 1944-45. This is one of the few Typ/VW 877 Command car hard top prototype hand build by Porsche design team in Stuttgart's Porsche workshop in early 1941. German Auto Companies do not want to remember the 3rd Reich period, and that's why you cannot find much war time 4wd historical information from Porsche and Volkswagen. Today concentrate only on the modern sports cars, 4 door cars and SUV. This is the history of VOLKSWAGEN, The Beetle developed by Ferdinand Porsche in the mid of 1930's. Spare parts for this car are not easy to find, the VW 166 is narrower than the VW87/VW877, if you got any VW128 or VW87/VW877 parts, such as axle, differential, half shaft, gear box, steering box,early Bosch steering wheel,body parts, chassis, 25hp engine, 12 inch wheel, 16 inch wide wheel ,ballon tire,12 inch mud tire or even some war time beetle picture, etc. Please e mail me a couple of photos of your parts that meet my criteria above. Send photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kdfvw@yahoo.com A final,I would like to say thank you to the AutoMuseum Volkswagen,PORSCHE AUTOMUSEUM and some German Grundmann Kdf collectors who has given me a great deal of help in pervious years.
Very rare early Kdf SplitBeetle (Type civilian 60/Typ 11) for Volkswagen Beetle collector. Poster Picture is not original Kdf 1948 - it is a replika reproduction 120 cm lang ,very good quality with one very rare 1941 VW877 Commander car. drawing cost only Euro 69 ( e mail email@example.com )
Sehr seltene frühe Kdf Split Käfer (Typ zivilen 60/Typ 11) für Volkswagen Beetle collector. Poster Picture is not original Kdf 1948 - it is a replica reproduction 120cm long, sehr gute Qualität mit einem sehr seltenen 1941 VW877 Kommandant Auto Zeichnung Euro 69 ( e mail firstname.lastname@example.org )
Videos about this rare VW877 Commander car
(跟Type 62(vw82 kubelwagen prototype),Type66(RHD Type60 Beetle),Type64(1939 Porsche sport car),Type68(VW pick up),Type81(VW Delivery Van),Type 82(Kubelwagen series) ,Type82e(Kubel chassis with VW body),Typ825(Pick up on Kubel chassis),Type 83 (Automatic transmission),Type86 (4 wheel drive base on Type62),Type 87 (4WD Kubelwagen base on Type82),Type877 4wd Type87 chassis with VW body)Type 128(Schwimmwagen Type A,Based on Type87)Type129 (Modified Schwimmwagen TypeA,with full water protection)Type 155 (snow track for Type82 )
在今天資訊發達的年代只有極少數汽車在網上找不到多少正確的資料，當中包括極為罕見第一代四驅甲殼蟲，20年前我甚至不相信我的眼前一輛停在大眾汽車博物館內的一台費迪南德·保時捷專門為德軍高級指揮官設計的VW87，後來才知道這輛VW87四驅甲殼蟲是1946年戰後由英軍在大眾沃爾夫斯堡(Wolfsburg)軍工汽車廠廢墟中用舊配件組裝起來的三輛測試高級指揮官橋車之一，其中二輛今天下落不明。這三輛 1946 VW877前面改裝了英軍軍車設計所以不像出自老保時捷,費迪南德·保時捷(Ferdinand Porsche)的設計，就像今天我都不相信上世紀三十年代平治G4(W131)6x6型號，因為我收藏了大量二戰G4軍車圖片，但沒有看到當中一輛前軸有差速器的。我一直以為傳說中的VW87是由VW 82e(官員越野橋車)加上VW 166前軸改裝出來的。因為我認識有人在意大利，法國都有這樣做。直到2000年從德國老兵口中得知在二次世界大戰中德軍高級指揮官的確有用VW 877越野四驅甲殼蟲橋車，但產量十分少，只有VW 82 Kubelwagen的百分之一。因為是高級將領汽車，一般不讓拍照，高級將領怕遭到暗殺，但盟軍也深知這車是給重要將領使用，所以自然成為給重點打擊目標。這汽車主要用在北非和東線戰場。 VW 87和VW 82e十分像，但VW 87採用了更寬的沼澤地胎，所以葉子板和踏腳板也同樣更寬，車內座椅也更豪華，採用牛皮沙發，由於這高性能越野轎車只有兩門設計所以這542台VW87一般只有兩座位又或三座位，為了方便車後座秘書在緊急情況下逃生，所以幾乎所有在大眾生產的VW87都是採用車頂可開軟逢設計，可以說VW 82e及VW 87基本上少有四又或五座，只有三輛早期在斯圖加特祖文豪森(Zuffenhausen Stuttgart)生產的原型車才有五座硬頂設計，後驅"民用版"Beetle在德國國內由政府官員用的TYPE 60橋車是採用五座位設計。關於Beetle甲殼蟲的歷史我在多篇文章內都有詳細描述過包括"吉普車的起源""1943年VW82e Kdf""經戰火洗禮的納粹指揮車"等。 1939年保時捷發展工作組為TYPE 62加上了一個前橋，波箱另加了一條長行軸和一組特低齒輪組，再由一條直軸藏在大樑圓管中央，手剎被搬在左面，四前一後波箱加裝了一組小齒，變成分時四驅，在一般道路只用後驅，碰到沼澤地才需要加上前輪驅動，加力檔只用於35度以上斜波又或施動比自己更重汽車才會用。大眾所有汽車，越野車全部採用拖臂獨立懸掛設計，為進一步增加越野性能保時捷工程人員在ZF齒輪廠訂製了防滑加速器，這是上世紀三十年代高科技(對手美國在80年代HUMMER H1才加上了LSD)，可見當年大眾有多先進，這一套由ZF製造的防滑差速器由一組滾動珠操控，當某一個車輪轉速超越另一個車輪太多時，這組長條滾動珠馬上會卡住對面，造成動力平均輸出，這套機械差速鎖十分精密，而且效果十分好，但成本也十分高，今日都沒有汽車生產商願意生產，而是改用效率低不耐用離合片式LSD 。TYPE 86/87Prototype原型車採用了2套ZF自動差速鎖，大大改善因獨立懸掛，車輪避震行程較短而出現車輛離地而漏失動力的缺點。而1940年第二輛TYPE 87 原型車尾軸加上了一組降一級齒，大大改善離地不足的情況，Type 87 動力來自一台1131 CC 24.5匹水平對向四缸風冷引擎，馬力比TYPE 60 高出1.5匹。從1939年至1941年保時捷一共做了不到十輛TYPE 87原型車底盆，當中有配上TYPE 62外殼，也有配上VW 82外殼和三輛TYPE 60甲殼蟲外殼以供長途測試，這套四驅系統相當成功，今日被評為二戰最優秀設計。 1940年後期保時捷在斯圖加特祖文豪森(Zuffenhausen Stuttgart)在TYPE 87的基礎上發展出TYPE 128水陸兩用汽車，由於兩棲車需要在沼澤地登陸，車輕，四輪驅動加LSD是必須的，這三十輛128原型車水陸兩用汽車在測試後得到軍部的訂單，但保時捷及軍方測試人員發現TYPE 128的2.4米軸距太長，不適合大角度斜波登陸。 1942年TYPE 128改用了2.0米軸距，這是保時捷第166設計，所以也被稱為TYPE 166，原型車一共做了125輛，今日只有三輛被保存下來，只有一輛可以開動的，這在斯圖加特祖文豪森生產的166/115也是我馬大立的Kdf收藏之一。大眾沃爾夫斯堡(Wolfsburg)在這125輛原型車的基礎上在1942年後期至1944年生產了14000輛VW 166而TYPE 87配上VW 82 殼 VW87 4x4 Kubelwagen從來沒有投產，大眾生產了多少4輪驅動甲殼蟲, 實際上不能100％肯定，但根據大眾沃爾夫斯堡 . 信息據稱由42-44年只生產了562輛 877,四輪驅動甲殼蟲,我個人認為這個數字是絕對不正確,但最近的研究已經表明這個數字是不正確的,1941年至1945年之間由於缺乏供應,所有的4輪驅動前橋和4輪驅動齒輪箱，全用來組裝更重要的全地形 VW 166 Schwimmwagen（小型兩棲4×4）。大眾沃爾夫斯堡可能只生產了不到100輛的四輪驅動大樑配上VW87 Kubelwagen外殼和VW877 甲殼蟲車外殼給一些重要指揮官使用。主要是成本問題，自第一次世界大戰後，一切都處於物質缺乏的狀態，德國根本沒有足夠的金錢和原材料去生產高成本的軍車，一代最高科技的4x4越野甲殼蟲就是這樣在1939年物質缺乏的年代誕生了。而沃爾夫斯堡車廠主力還是生產低成本的VW 82 Kubelwagen (桶車德國吉普)。今日你們所看到的我這一台TYPE 877是一台1941年由保時捷在斯圖加特祖文豪森(Zuffenhausen Stuttgart)親手設計打造的第三台四驅甲殼蟲原型車之一，原型車底盤號 41-000387 ,這甲殼蟲原型車保存相當完美，可以說是今日五輛被保存下來的VW 87中最早,最原裝的一輛，比保時捷家鄉的保時捷博物館的那一台1943由大眾所生產的VW877 更原裝。我馬大立這一輩子都不敢想像它會在我的收藏系列之中，但上天安排了這一切，由於我由1991年開始寫不少關於四驅車，古董二次世界大戰戰車的故事，四年前一位奧地利老年收藏家看過我的一些文章，包括"吉普的起源""珍貴的收藏""1942 WWII Porsche TYPE 166""1943 WWII VW 82e Kdf""1942 WWII VW 82 Kdf""Afrikakorps Kubelwagen"等，他知道我有了大眾最早三輛Kdf收藏， 只欠了他這一輛VW 87，他也知道我是一個愛車，懂車的"青年"收藏家，他主動來找我，這太不可思意了，但的確發生了。由於他不懂英語，須朋友幫忙看我的文章，也需要朋友做翻譯，他還主動提出由住在前東德朋友Maik找這車的原裝材料幫我翻新，由於我自己也缺乏配件，我也接受了他的好意。這次翻新用了三年多，每兩個月我都會收到照片，這車本身十分完整，而且還可以駕駛，所以可以在1000天翻新完成，主要是不用自己找配件才可以這麼快。今日世界上可以擁有一套四輛二戰德國Kdf VW82,VW87,VW166,VW82e越野車的汽車收藏家可能只有我，保時捷和大眾汽車博物館也各自只有三輛VW82,VW87,VW166，我真的十分幸運。今年(2011)五月底我接到了電話說我的TYPE 877(VW 87)歷時三年的翻新工作完成，可以在諾曼底Normandy紀念日前取車，我馬上飛去德國。當我們第一眼看到這台像全新的VW 87，我簡直不敢相信我的眼睛,今天它又可以重新馳騁在路上，我有幸駕駛這輛保時捷 Type 877。這是為什麼今年我在五月和六月去了兩次歐洲。記得這天上午我和Maik在一個大草原一起試駕這輛曾經見證了這場人類有史以來最殘酷的不義戰爭中最早，最好性能的四驅車。它像時光機器，把我們帶回了那個世界上最大全面性軍事衝突的年代，我最初只用了後驅越野，性能一點不弱，因為這車十分輕，只有820公斤，加上車底是一塊光滑平板中央由一條空心鋼管作支撐，車尾設有LSD防打滑差速器，再加上後置水平對向風冷合金製引擎，重心低而且全在驅動輪上面，而沼澤地用輪胎比我的VW 82e及VW 82越野胎性能更好。在許多不平的山道，四輪獨立懸掛及尾LSD表現出色，哪怕對角兩輪離地，由於這中心在後軸上，出色的LSD反應十分快，車子依然可以順利通過，比美國Willys MB/GPW強多了。在一個近45度大坡前我用了低四驅，VW 87表現更佳，扭力大，雙防滑差速使這車四個車輪完全抓著土地，由於車輕，齒輪比十分低令引擎沒有半點吃力感，只需輕踏油門，這性能完全可以和今日我的2006年大眾Touareg V10相比，試車感畢生難忘。大家可以知道這套四驅系統之強，上世紀80年代保時捷959同樣是採用這套尾置引擎，驅動系統在一條支線上的四驅設計，三輛原型車在巴黎達喀爾越野賽中取得第一，第二和第四名！這項技術在70年後的今天還是最先進的，可見我們不得不佩服費迪南德·保時捷博士(Professor Ferdinand Porsche)的先進大腦。今天最先進的四驅車，SUV設計在機械上還是原用70多年前德軍軍車的設計。二次世界大戰德國雖是侵略國，發動第二次世界大戰絕對是可恥的行為，但從其軍車的設計先進而言是很值得大家學習的。今年參加完諾曼底67週年紀念，我本想把這台曾經長天碧血，曾在北非，西線服役過的這台絕世珍品，留在法國朋友汽車陳列室內，但最後和我的小孩商量後還是決定把它運回我的身邊。由於車子十分完美，我不捨得在車身兩側加側鏡，唯有利用車門關節位中心的螺絲加上2個50年代Kdf側鏡以方便在香港靠左行的道路行駛，在這段時間我再一次與大眾汽車在沃爾夫斯堡(Wolfsburg)博物館和保時捷在奧地利博物館取得聯繫，證實目前世界上只有幾台VW 87 4x4和我這一台最早的原型車877 4wd倖存下來，原型車的前軸驅動波箱和大眾生產的前軸波箱有點不一樣, 主要是鋼線剎車管及里數表位不一樣，他們還提供了許多有用的資料，包括保時捷在30年代未設計草圖，此車的規格表等珍貴資料。對我了解這輛二戰時最先進四驅甲殼蟲越野車有很大幫助。今日這輛極為罕見倖存絕版費迪南德·保時捷 Type877四驅甲殼蟲原型車珍藏品會留在中國香港，和我另外一批同期戰車在一起包括1942年費迪南德·保時捷Typ 166德軍水陸兩棲原型車,1943年大眾VW 82桶車德軍吉普， 1943年大眾VW 82e德軍越野橋車 , 1937年 Einheits-Pkw Kfz.2 4x4x4,還包括當年不可能見面的盟軍1943年Willys MB/GPW Jeep 吉普,1942年 Dodge
WC 57 收藏在一起，它們就像時光機器，把我們帶到那個戰火紛飛的年代。如果你們需要戰時Kdf進一步資料可以在www.4wdco.com看到也可用Email和我馬大立聯絡willysmb1943@yahoo.com。最後需要向德國大眾汽車博物館，德國保時捷汽車博物館和德國的一些格倫德曼KDF歷史收藏家說聲謝謝，在過去給了我很多的幫助.
和Type 166 等德國用車一樣，Type 87的研發工作，都是在保時捷位於斯圖加特Zuffenhausen的一號車廠房內進行的，例如Type 128水陸兩用車的原型車，其首次試水的位置，乃是廠房隔鄰消防局的儲水塘；後來的Type 157(Railway track wheel for Type82 and type87)路軌用特別版，則在斯圖加特火車總站試車。可以說，這批保時捷／福士軍車的，其宗源均是來自斯圖加特而不是禾夫斯堡。必須一提，Zuffenhausen，乃是現時保時捷車廠的總部所在，當年保時捷博士工作過的車間，如今已成為受保護建築文物，不能拆掉。)
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