The Volkswagen Iltis grew out of a 1960's project
for a European Jeep with amphibious abilities.
fell through and the German army later issued a non amphibious specification.
The VW Iltis won this latter competition.
The example (above)
is owned by Joern Milte.
Volkswagen Iltis 4WD, 1970s...1980s
loa: 3.9m, width: 1.52m, height: 1.84m
wheelbase: 2017mm, track:
1.24m/1.25m, grnd clearance: 225mm
approach: 40, departure: 30
weight: 1550kg (unladen), GVM: 2050kg, towing: 700kg (unbraked)
1.7L, petrol, 4-cyls
transmission: 5m (1st is a crawler), part-time 4WD
tyres: 6.50x16, fuel-tank: 85L
The VW Iltis has been
in service with the Canadian army at least since the early 1980's. They are still
in heavy use. I have sat in one before, they have a plastic footwell, possibly
the whole body. The armed forces personnel explained that unloaded they can float.
They are fitted with large brush guards and long antennas.
- Ken Macfarlane
Go to the VW, Kubelwagen,
Munga and military
A 1985 Volkswagen Iltis.
- MfG Tino
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Iltis, bought in 1997 from a collector/ restorer. He purchased some jeeps from
the Canadian Army when they came up for disposal. The major differences between
the VW Iltis and the Bombardier Iltis is the front bush guard and the antenna
mount at the back all else is basically VW. I have painted mine for "urban
warfare" as well as replacing the SMP tires with street legal light truck
tires. I still use the SMP tires for fun off-roading. With the jeep being so light
and the first gear being so low range you can go anywhere (rated at a 60 degree
incline climb). I have never had mine stuck.