Oddball Nazi war vehicle could fetch £80,000 at auction
An incredibly odd German military vehicle is set to go under the hammer at the Goodwood Members' Meeting auction.
Known as the Kettenkrad, the vehicle is a bizarre fusion of tank and motorcycle, and was used by the German army at the height of World War Two. It takes its name from a fusion of the German words 'ketten' meaning 'tracks', and 'krad' meaning 'krafttrad' or 'motorcycle'.
The motorbike-tank hybrid, which was restored to its original specification between 2011 and 2015, is to be auctioned by Bonhams and has been valued at £80,000.
The Kettenkrad was supposedly the fastest tracked vehicle used during the war, and was capable of reaching speeds of up to 50mph.
Its rugged design means that it was capable of tackling a wide range of terrains, and was the ideal vehicle for transporting troops and towing other military equipment such as ammunition trailers to the front line. They were even used to tow Messerschmitt Me 262 jets to the runways to preserve scarce aviation fuel.
It was used by the Nazi forces in nearly every theatre of the Second World War, including Russia and the deserts of Africa.
More than 8,000 Kettenkrads were built during the war but only a few remain, as the majority of Germany's military equipment was dismantled at its conclusion.
This example has no recorded history before its acquisition by its current owner in 2011. It has a VIN stamped on its chassis reading '116381', which dates to September 1944, as well as a '474' stamp, indicating that it was used after the war by the German Forestry Commission.
The Kettenkrad will be auctioned on March 19 at the Goodwood Members' Meeting in Chichester.