Opel Blitz 3,5-47 & 3,6-47 Omnibus






Buses based on Opel Blitz chassis were to be found quite frequent. This Opel Blitz 3,5-47 resp. 3,6-47 omnibus with production line engine bonnet was used by 23. Infanterie Division.









The Essen based company Ludewig manufactured special omnibuses for the Wehrmacht beginning in 1939 (model W 39). The vehicles corresponded widely to the civilian model. Solely the interior was adapted to the military use and the side windows got a simplified design. On the left side of the car body, a spare wheel was flush-mounted in the area of the driver’s seat.









Inthe course of time, the car body was more and more simplified. Any decoration was omitted and the construction became more angular to simplifie production. Around 1943, a widely simplified car body was introduced which was made of fibreboard to a large extent. Even the roof-rack was omitted on the shown 1944 model. Until 1944, Ludewig made 2,880 exemplars of the Opel Blitz omnibus with Wehrmacht superstructure.









Besides the standard Opel Blitz omnibuses, there were many other variants made by different car body manufacturers. This omnibus of the Marine Kraftwagen Abteilung 803 was most probably based on an Opel Blitz chassis, too. At least the mascot on the engine bonnet in form of a stylised zeppelin – which was typical for Opel – points to this conclusion.









Beginning in mid 1930s, buses with streamline body were very popular. This Opel Blitz bus was equipped with such a body of th company Ludewig from Essen. The car on the right is an Adler 2.5 Liter (type 10).









The Opel Blitz omnibus chassis had ideal performance characteristics. The multiplicity of car bodies resulted from its popularity.









The shown vehicle is a further Opel Blitz omnibus with a streamline car body of an unknown car body manufacturer.






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