HK 101 NSU Kettenkrad 1944

HK 101 NSU Kettenkrad 1944

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NSU Kettenkrad HK 101 1944

    Timerange of production: 1941-1944
    Power: 36 CV at 3.400 rpm
    Displacement (ccm): 1.478 ccm
    Type of engine: Opel Olympia, OHV, 4 cylinders, water cooled.
    Maximum speed: 70 Km/h
    Produced units: 8.345
    Weight: 1.235 Kg
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NSU Kettenkrad HK 101 from 1944. An older restoration in working order.

* Replica guns are not included with this machine.

Kettenkrad (Ketten = chain/tracks,krad = military abbreviation of the German word Kraftrad), started its life as a light tractor for airborne troops. The vehicle was designed to be delivered by Junkers Ju 52 aircraft.

The vehicle had the advantage of being the only gun tractor small enough to fit inside the hold of the Ju 52, and was the lightest mass-produced German military vehicle.

It was designed and built by the NSU Werke AG at Neckarsulm, Germany. First designed and patented in June 1939, it was first used in the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

The Kettenkrad came with a special trailer that could be attached to it to improve its cargo capacity.

Being a tracked vehicle the Kettenkrad could climb up to 24° in sand and even more on hard ground, as long as the driver had the courage for it.

Only two significant sub-variations of the Kettenkrad were constructed, and production of the vehicle was stopped in 1944, at which time 8,345 had been built. After the war the production at NSU went on for agricultural use.