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Krupp L 3 H 63 & L 3 H 163

 

 

 

 

 

Krupp developed and produced three-axle cross-country lorries fort he civilian market already in the mid 1920s. Beginning in 1925, a six-wheel lorry for a payload of eight tons was manufactured in small numbers. One year later, a three-axle chassis for a payload of two tons was presented. Also this development stayed in production only for a short time. As a replacement for the less successful two ton chassis, a new three-axle chassis for a payload of four tons was presented in 1928. It was designated Krupp L 4. It seems that this chassis was likewise not very successful on the civilian market. Already in 1926, the Reichswehr had demanded the development of three-axle cross-country lorries in different payload classes in the course of the first program for motorising the Reichswehr. So the Reichswehr took notice on the Krupp developments. Therefore, Krupp modified the L 4 chassis according to the specifications of the Reichswehr already in 1929. The first testing vehicles of the new Krupp L 3 H 63 could be delivered the same year. The vehicle now had a payload of 3.5 tons and was propelled by a 75 HP petrol engine. After troop trials, an improved model of the Krupp L 3 H 63 entered limited serial production in 1931. Besides other changes, the power of the engine was increased to 90 HP. Some of the vehicles of the first serial production got air brakes of the make Knorr instead of the serial oil pressure brakes. In 1936, the Krupp L 3 H 63 was replaced by the improved Krupp L 3 H 163. The Krupp L 3 H 163 had an improved shifting gear, a more powerful engine and new wheel suspensions. The Knorr air brakes were standard, now. Altogether, about 2,870 exemplars of the Krupp L 3 H 63 and L 3 H 163 were manufactured from 1928 to 1938. Although the vehicle had served well, the production figures never reached that of the rivalling models of Daimler-Benz and Henschel.

 

 

 

 

 

Production model:

Drive:

Year of construction:

Engine:

Capacity (ccm):

Power (PS):

Wheelbase (mm):

Quantity:

 

 

Krupp L 4

(6x4)

1928

Krupp

5024

60

3600 + 1200

few

 

 

Krupp L 3 H 63

(6x4)

1929-1930

Krupp M 11

6107

75

3650 + 1100

 together
373

 

 

Krupp L 3 H 63

(6x4)

1931-1935

Krupp M 12

7540

90

3650 + 1100

 

 

Krupp L 3 H 163

(6x4)

1936-1938

Krupp M 12 / M 12 a

7540 / 7844

110

3650 + 1100

2,496

 

 

 

 

 

Versions:

 

 

 

 

 

Designation of the motor vehicle:

Abbreviated designation:

 

 

mittlerer geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen, offen (o)

m. gl. Lkw. off. (o)

 

 

Feldfernkabelkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

Ff. Kabel Kw.

 

 

Fernsprech-Baukraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

Fsp. Bau. Kw.

 

 

schwerer Fernsprechkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

s. Fsp. Kw.

 

 

mittlerer Flakkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw. (o)]

m. Flak Kw.

 

 

mittlerer Lastkraftwagen für Feldfernkabel [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

m. Lkw. f. FF-Kabel

 

 

Lastkraftwagen für Fernsprechbau [m. gl. Lkw., off. (o)]

Lkw. f. Fsp. Bau.

 

 

mittlerer Scheinwerferkraftwagen [m. gl. Lkw. (o)]

m. Scheinw. Kw.

 

 

Befehlskraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Bef. Kw. (Kfz. 72)

 

 

Fernsprechbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fsp. Betr. Kw. (Kfz. 72)

 

 

Funkbetriebskraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Betr. Kw. (Kfz. 72)

 

 

Funkhorchkraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Horch Kw. (Kfz. 72)

 

 

Funkkraftwagen a und b (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Kw. a und b (Kfz. 72)

 

 

Verstärkerkraftwagen (Kfz. 72) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Verst. Kw. (Kfz. 72)

 

 

schwerer Vermessungstruppkraftwagen (Kfz. 73) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

s. Verm. Trp. Kw. (Kfz. 73)

 

 

Flakmesstruppkraftwagen I und II (Kfz. 74) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fl. Messtr. Kw. (Kfz. 74)

 

 

Triebwerkkraftwagen (Kfz. 75) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Triebw. Kw. (Kfz. 75)

 

 

Beobachtungskraftwagen (Kfz. 76) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Beob. Kw. (Kfz. 76)

 

 

Fernsprechbaukraftwagen (Kfz. 77) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fsp. Baukw. (Kfz. 77)

 

 

Nebelkraftwagen (Kfz. 91) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Nb. Kw. (Kfz. 91)

 

 

Funkmastkraftwagen (Kfz. 301) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Fu. Mast Kw. (Kfz. 301)

 

 

Landebahnleuchtkraftwagen (Kfz. 353) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

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Bildkraftwagen (Kfz. 354) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Bild Kw. (Kfz. 354)

 

 

Betriebsstoffkesselkraftwagen (Sd. Kfz. 5) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

Betr. St. Kess. Kw. (Sd. Kfz. 5)

 

 

Landebahnscheinwerfer (Siemens Schuckert) mit Fahrgestell des m. gl. Lkw. (o)

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