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December 8, 2012


  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car
  • 1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car


1944 Steyr 1500A/01 4x4 Kfz Command Car

Lot No. 147

Auctioned on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sold for $130,000

Manufacturer: Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, Steyr, Austria
Production Year: 1944
Engine: Steyr, 3.5-liter, 85-hp, air-cooled, eight-cylinder, gasoline
Transmission: Four-speed: four forward, one reverse
Length: 16-feet, 11-inches
Width: 6-feet, 4-inches
Height: 7-feet
Weight: Approximately 3-tons
Armor: None
Armament: NONE on this example - Could be fitted with a 7.92-mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun
Maximum Road Speed: Approximately 60-mph
Crew: Up to four
Markings: German 116th Panzer Division, Command Car

The Steyr 1500A/01 command car entered service in 1941. The Steyrs were intended to replace the Einheits (Standard) heavy class cars that were produced from 1938 to 1942. The Einheits heavy cars were built on what was classified as the uniform chassis. This standardized chassis was developed as a result of the Schell Program. In 1938, General Schell, director of motorization for the Wehrmacht (German military) introduced standardized car chassis in weight classes of light, medium and heavy. The Einheits heavy cars were the least successful of the Schell Program cars. They were generally too heavy and difficult to maintain. The Steyr 1500 chassis design was originally intended for 1-1/2-ton trucks but proved to be an excellent choice for the heavy car design. German troops praised the reliability and minimal maintenance required. Rommel’s Afrika Korps especially appreciated the air-cooled engine. The command car version, as displayed, featured spacious seating for four. One of the more noteworthy users of the Steyr command car was General von Armin, who took over command of the Afrika Korps from General Erwin Rommel. The displayed Steyr features command pennants for the division commander.

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