Cabriolet Blitz busses


Kässbohrer 3 ton cabrio

Christian-Heinrich Mengel comments: This 3 ton cabriolet bus was bodied by Kässbohrer in Ulm. Kässbohrer typically had new vehicles photographed in front of the main entrance of the Ulmer cathedral. Years ago an elder Kässbohrer worker stated that from 1937 - 1939 appr. 20 - 25 3 ton and 15 - 20 1,5 ton chassis were build as cabrios. The where called “Tourenbus” or “Ausflugsbus” (trip or sightseeingbus). Thanks "C.H."! The model probably originated from the picture.

Period photo´s

Model

blitzbus41_rf_ausflugsbus-kaessbohrer.jpg - source unknown a arbeiterfront trip dr Ley visits a village African collone a arbeiterfront trip blitzbus41_ft_ausflugsbus-kaessbohrer.jpg - source unknown
3ton Kässbohrer cabriolet bus that can withstand rain! - source Kässbohrer And that's what the "Deutsche Arbeiter Front" (a political workers union) used it for. A trip and a promotional picture. Just as special vehicles are used for today. The same bus turns up decorated with green as the transportation of dr. Ley, visiting a village. Now I'm not 100% sure, but this bus seems so low cut, it must be a cabrio. If so it seems Rommel's Africa corps got one. A cut out of a busy picture showing a collone in Africa. This one definatly has the same low cut. a production of 8 at the Kässbohrer plant.  
1:43 Oekraine
a crisp 1:43th scale model on E-bay.

(Fuerschutz) Polizei Cabrio

a arbeiterfront trip blitzbus42_lf_police-roofed-cabrio
The Amsterdam Rokin in 1941 gets a visit from the infamous "Grüne Polizei". The bonnet seems a Blitz.

Is it a cabriobus with a roof or a bus without windows? A fire fighters departments ride. Click to see the full story


Polizei-Cabrio

Christian-Heinrich Mengel comments: The car photographed in front of the Eiffel tower I wouldn’t call a bus strictly. Such vehicles were built as staff carriers (Gruppenkraftwagen) for the Police. The common name was “Polizei-Cabrio”. Late versions were built on the 1,75 ton and even on the Blitz A chassis in the 1960’s. Similar vehicles were widely in use as fire fighter’s “Kraftzugspritze KzS8” towing a 1-axled trailer containing the pump. Thanks "C.H."! Your absolutely right, there not exactly busses, but I think they look good, so I'll make an exception.

Period photo´s

a cabriolet bus touring Paris a police cabriolet being halted Group of navy men Officer and 2 men, Kriegsmarine Navy transportation in a big city. (anybody, any idea where?) Officer and 12 men transport, seems to be one tone grey with dirt
Police cabrio touring Paris. Police cabrio being halted Group picture in the field, Kriegsmarine Officer with 2 soldiers, Kriegsmarine Navy transportation in a big city. (anybody, any idea where?) Officer and 12 men transport, seems to be one tone grey with dirt

Surviver

Police recroutment cabrio Appearence in 'La Vache et la Prisonnier' The Firedepartment of Mittelheim (feuerwehr-mittelheim.de) Another apperence in film Showing found at www.kfz-veteranen-mhl.info Appearence Polizei Munich 1960 carchase
Showing in smart police livray. (photo Christian-Heinrich Mengel) Appearence in 'La Vache et la Prisonnier'(1959) The Firedepartment of Mittelheim (feuerwehr-mittelheim.de) Showing found at www.kfz-veteranen-mhl.info Appearence Polizei Munich 1960 carchase

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