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December 8, 2012


  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car
  • 1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car


1944 Phanomen Granit 1500A 4x4 Kfz 70 Personnel Car

Lot No. 160

Auctioned on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sold for $ 72,500

Manufacturer: Phanomen-Werke Gustav Hiller AG, Zittau
Production Year: 1944
Engine: Phanomen-Granit 27, 2.7-liter, 50-hp, air-cooled four-cylinder, gasoline
Transmission: Four-speed: four forward, one reverse
Length: 18-feet, 3-inches
Width: 6-feet, 7-inches
Height: 7-feet, 2-inches
Weight: Approximately 2.5-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 five
Markings: German 12th Infantry Division, Artillery Unit

The Phanomen-Werke Gustav Hiller AG in Zittau was well-known for their robust light commercial vehicles with air-cooled, in-line engines. In 1940 they introduced a modernized range of models, in both 4x2 and 4x4 (1500S and 1500A) versions. The majority of these were acquired by the German Army, primarily with cargo and box-van (Koffer) configurations. The latter were used primarily as ambulances. The personnel model, as seen in photos, was produced in limited numbers, and it is believed this example may be the only surviving vehicle. The vast majority of the 1500A class heavy personnel carriers were built by the Austrian Steyr company while Phanomen-Granit built a larger percentage of 1-1/2-ton trucks on the 1500A chassis. The Phanomen-Granit 1500A series vehicles featured a four-speed gearbox, dry-plate clutch, two-speed transfer box with front axle disconnect, hydraulic brakes and rigid axles with semi-elliptical leaf springs. Most of the Phanomen-Granit 1500A personnel carriers went to the German Afrika Korps where the air-cooled engine was well-received by the maintenance troops. Many of these vehicles were modified with wider 270-16 special desert tires and an additional hood-mounted air cleaner.

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