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The National Military History Center  

December 8, 2012


  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor
  • 1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor


1944 Auto Union HL kl 6p Half-Track Tractor

Lot No. 165

Auctioned on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sold for $ 75,000

Manufacturer: Auto-Union AG, Chemnitz & Siegmar-Schonau Germany
Production Year: 1944
Engine: Maybach HL 42 TUKRM, 4.2-liter, 100-hp, six-cylinder, liquid-cooled, gasoline
Transmission: Four forward, one reverse coupled with a transfer case
Brakes: Air brakes plus hydraulic steering brakes
Length: 18-feet, 3-inches
Width: 6-feet, 7-inches
Height: 7-feet, 2-inches (to top of cargo area bonnet)
Weight: Approximately 5.1-tons
Armor: None
Armament: NONE on this example - Could be fitted with a 7.92-mm MG42 machine gun
Maximum Speed: Approximately 30-mph
Maximum Payload: 2-1/2-tons
Markings: German 2nd Panzer Division, Engineer Unit

The Auto-Union HL kl 6p was the last production model of the successful and versatile 3-ton half-track series. The standard 3-ton half-track artillery tractor, on which the Einheits model was based, entered production in 1937. It is believed that only a small number of the Einheits, Auto Union 3-ton half-tracks were produced for a short period in 1944. The personnel / cargo area was replaced by a simple wooden cargo bed. The all-steel body of the early production models was replaced by a simplified Einheits cab of wooden frames and pressed cardboard. Einheits (Standardized) vehicles were first introduced in 1936. German military vehicle production had previously included an unacceptably large variety of models and weight classes with little to no commonality between types. Einheits vehicles adhered to guidelines that simplified production and restricted variations between the various manufacturers. Later in the war, Einheits vehicles were further restricted due to critical material shortages (especially steel) caused by Allied bombing and heavy combat losses. Nearly all of the German military transport vehicles produced between 1944 and 1945 featured the simplified wood and cardboard cabs as on the half-track displayed.

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