In 1935 Hanns Trippel began the construction of all-terrain amphibious vehicle prototypes. In 1936 a factory was established in Hamburg for the mass production of such vehicles.
Instead of a commercial suspension provided with a buoyant vehicle body, Trippel built a streamlined bath-shaped body into which the vehicle technology was fitted. The resulting Schwimmwagen SG 6 was intended for civilian use, such as expeditions, but from the outset it was clear that the production of the vehicle could only be economical if military customers would order the amphibious vehicles in larger numbers. The first order, of 20 vehicles, went to the Wehrmacht. This version of the SG 6 was manufactured from 1937 to 1940.
At the end of September, 1938, a Trippel SG 6 was used on advertising drive from Hamburg to Naples and then across the 28 km water route to the island of Capri.
At the request of the military a version of SG 6 was built with an enlarged interior for transporting up to 16 soldiers. This military variant of Schwimmwagen was manufactured from 1939 to 1943.
In 1940 Trippel revised the streamlining and enhanced the detailing of the civilian version of the SG 6 resulting in the SG 6 Colonial Pioneer, but only a few were made because of the war.
Following the development of the swimming characteristics of Colonial Pioneer the military version of Schwimmwagen was also revised. The two doors were removed and the damage control improved. Production of this vehicle began in 1941 under the designation SG 6/41 at the Bugatti works in Molsheim in Alsace. With the outbreak of war in September 1939 Bugatti ceased the manufacture of expensive luxury vehicles more and after the fall of France in June 1940, Bugatti, on August 12, 1940 signed a lease agreement with the Trippel-works, to move the latter's headquarters to Molsheim.
From 1942, a version of the SG 6 was manufactured, which had a folding roof. From 1943, the production of SG 6 was shut down and 1944 set in favor of the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen, the much lighter and cheaper to manufacture Volkswagen Type 166. A total of about 800 SG-6-Schwimmwagen were produced.
Technology (Trippel SG 6/41)
- Length: 4.77 m
- Width: 1.80 m
- Wheelbase 2.50 m
- Width, tyre centre to tyre centre: 1.45 m
- Ground clearance 26 cm
- Weight empty 1660 kg
- Load capacity 500 kg
- Engine: 55 hp, 6-cylinder 4-stroke gasoline engine
- Top speed (land): 95 km / h
- Top speed (water): 14.5 km / h
- René Pohl: Mit dem Auto baden gehen. HEEL Verlag, Gut-Pottscheidt Konigswinter 1998, ISBN 3-89365-702-9. pages 26-31
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