This part of the Blitz history is a bit like no-mans's land. The civilial 3 tonner was drafted into the Wehrmacht soon, It's little brother was always reguarded a civilian vehicle. Special bodies for the fire department, delivery van's and command vehicle's are numerous though. Busses are scarce before the war, but are popular after the war. Opel builds the 1.5 ton chassis upto 1955, so remaining 1.5 tonners are ususlly post war products. Busses ususally have an easier tracable history. In fact, some of the German coach builders restarted their buisnesses after the war with cabriolet's and 1.5 tonners.
Information about these busses is sparse.
|By the design lines this could easily be an Auwärter bus(compare the 3 ton surviver).||Three Reutter busses in front of the factory (post-war)||missing engine covers - source unknown||post war fatory - source unknown||1950 Möve - www.wahrenburg-reisen.de||1,5 t blitzbus in Altenberg||A spectacular 1947 1,5 t blitzbus by coachbuilder Harmening.|
A set of postwar pictures from the Ruhr-archve. Ludewig bodies on the 1,5 tonner chassis showing (besides others) a bus.
Kind of inbetween a truck and a bus, but they look very nice.
|War time ambulance line up. (Notice the 1 tonner Blitz on the left)||A courtyard full of ambulances. Must be a hospital.||A 1947 luxuery limo body by coachbuilder Harmening.|
I know, no I'm crossing the line outside of the bus theather. No problem, there build by coachbuilders that could have build busses.
|The first newly build Ldkp (Landkraftpostwagen) 1947. Though it carries new lettering (Deutsche Post) it also carries the old "Reichspost" vehicle id. Stationed in Euskirchen(Ger) als Packet delivery. (originaly found on wisoweg.de) The "Stammfahrer"(standard driver) was Josef Bauerfeind.||BP 33116, reserve "Landkraftpostwagen" (Regional motor post car) of the GWKw Euskirchen. Parking at the Walramstraße 1952. (originaly found on wisoweg.de)||An amazing discovery. A color picture of a small bus-like body on a 1,5 tonner. A policecar|
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