schwerer geländegängiger Personenkraftwagen (6-sitzig) (Kfz. 21)
mit Einheitsfahrgestell für m. Pkw.,
mit Einheitsfahrgestell für m. Pkw. mit Kabriolett Aufbau,
mit Fahrgestell des s. gl. Pkw. (o),
mit Einheitsfahrgestell II für s. Pkw.
& mit Fahrgestell des l. gl. Lkw. (o)






The schwere geländegängige Personenkraftwagen (6-sitzig) - heavy cross-country passenger car with six seats - (Kfz. 21), abbreviated s. gl. Pkw. (Kfz. 21), was made on many different chassis. Beginning in 1928, three axled vehicles with two propelled axles from Mercedes-Benz (G 1), Horch (8 Type 40) (see photo) and the all wheel driven Selve Type M were delivered.









These early six-wheeled developments proved to be failures. Therefore, a four-wheeled construction with all wheel drive was developed until 1933, the Horch Argus (see photo). Until 1935, only twenty-five vehicles of this type were manufactured.









Although the developments of the s. gl. Pkw. (Kfz. 21) with six-wheeled chassis did not prove well, further developments with six-wheeled chassis were made until the early years of World War II. These vehicles were the Mercedes-Benz G 4 (see photo), the Krupp L 2 H 143, the Steyr Types 40 D and 640, the Praga AV, the Skoda 903 and the Tatra Types 82 and 93.









Altogether, the developments in the context of the Kfz. 21 until the mid 1930s were all failures. There were too many constructions made by too many manufacturers with much too complex designs. They were all unsuitable for serial production. In 1937, the Einheitsfahrgestell für m. Pkw. - standard chassis for medium passenger cars - entered serial production. For the Kfz. 21 on this chassis, the car body was lengthened to create space for two additional seats. This version is identifiable by the obvious recess on the rearside.









The usage of the Kfz. 21 changed over the time. In the mid 1930s, it had developed to a commanders vehicle instead of a personnel carrier. Therefore, a construction with six seats was no longer necessary. For these reasons, a much more comfortable cabriolet car body with five seats was developed. This development proved to be a successful construction with acceptable constructive expense. Such cabriolet car bodies were manufactured on the Einheitsfahrgestell für m. Pkw. mit Kabriolettaufbau - standard chassis for medium passenger car with cabriolet car body, the Einheitsfahrgestell II für s. Pkw. - standard chassis II for heavy passenger car - (few) and the l. gl. Lkw. (o) - light cross-country lorries (commercial) - Mercedes-Benz L 1500 A and Steyr 1500 A.






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