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SDKFZ 231 & 232 Fu

Schwere Panzerspahwagen 6-Rad/

Sdkfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen 6-Rad

Sdkfz 232 (left) and Sdfkz 231 (right) 6-Wheeled Armored Cars


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates:

Sdkfz 231/232 = 1932-1940

Sdkfz 263 = 1936-1942
Manufactured by:

231/232: Bussing-NAG, Daimler-Benz & Magirus

263: Magirus
Crew: 4
Armament:

231 &232 = Main: (1) 20mm KwK 30; Coaxial: (1) 7.92mm MG13; Anti-Aircraft: (1) 7.92mm MG13 fitted on some later vehicles.

263 = (1) 7.92mm MG13
Engine: 6-Cylinder Gasoline; Except Bussing-NAG produced vehicles which had 4 cylinder gasoline engines
Miscellaneous Info: The development of this series of vehicles started in approximately 1930 with tests on Daimler-Benz and Bussing-NAG 1.5 ton truck chassis.  The production vehicles were eventually mounted on the Daimler Benz G3A, Bussing-NAG G31P and Magirus M206A truck chassis and were originally accepted into army service as Kfz 67/67A (Fu) and 67b Kraftwagen.  These vehicles were the predecessor of the Sdkfz 231/232 and Sdkfz 263 8-Rad Armored Cars although they served along side one another at times.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 231 6-Rad Armored Car Photos German Bundesarchiv & David Haugh - Content Editor
Sdkfz 231 6-Rad Armored Car Photos (Replica Vehicle Owned by Roger Marvel - LaPorte, Indiana USA) Dan O'Connor - Chicago, Illinois USA
  Sdkfz 231 & 232 Fu 6-Rad Armored Car Photo German Bundesarchiv via David Haugh
Sdkfz 232 Fu 6-Rad Armored Car Photos David Haugh
Sdkfz 263 6-Rad Armored Radio Car Photos David Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 231/232/263 6-Rad Armored Car Information and Photos Achtung Panzer Website
Sdkfz 231/232/263 6-Rad Armored Car Information and Photos Military Factory Website
Sdkfz 231/232/263 6-Rad Armored Car Information and Photos Wehrmacht History 1935-45 ebsite

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Die Gepanzerten Radfahrzeuge: Des Deutschen Heeres 1905-1945 Walter Spielberger
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two (Revised) Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle
German Armored Cars (Niemieckie Samochody Pancerne) 1905-1945

Review by Steve Palffy via Hyperscale

Mariusz Skotnicki
German Armored Cars and Reconnaissance Halftracks (Osprey New Vanguard #29)

Review by John Prigent via Missing-Lynx

Bryan Perrett
German Armored Cars In Action - Squadron/Signal Publications David Doyle
German Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #33 Major General N.W. Duncan
German Armored Cars of World War Two John Milsom & Peter Chamberlain
German Early War Armored Fighting Vehicles - World War Two AFV Plans George Bradford

  "Into the Archives: German Wartime Vehicles" (February 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

James Payne
Panzerspahwagen: Armored Cars Sdkfz 3 to Sdkfz 263 (Panzer Tracts No. 13) Thomas Jentz
Panzerspahwagen Sdkfz 231/232 Wehrmacht Heavy 6 & 8 Wheeled Armoured Cars and their Derivatives - Tankograd Publishing #4010

Review by Patrick Keenan via AMPS

Henry Hoppe
Puma and Other Heavy Reconnaissance Vehicles Horst Scheibert

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Sd.Kfz.231 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (35004) Historic Plastic Models (AKA: HiPM) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Sd.Kfz.232 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (35005) Historic Plastic Models (HiPM) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Sd.Kfz.232 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (6433) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Sd.Kfz.232 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit with Bonus Resin Parts (6445) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic with resin parts
Sd.Kfz.231 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (7046) Italeri 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Sd.Kfz.232 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (7032) Italeri 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
Sd.Kfz.231 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (7206) Mars Models 1/72 Resin
Sd.Kfz.231 6 Rad (Late Type) Armored Car Model Kit (7207) Mars Models 1/72 Resin
Sd.Kfz.263 6 Rad Radio Car Model Kit (7208) Mars Models 1/72 Resin
Sd.Kfz.232 6 Rad Armored Car Model Kit (85) Matchbox 1/76 Injection Molded Plastic
       
Accessory/Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
German Width Indicators (4) (PE35R29) Aber 1/35 For SdKfz. 231 & 232 series.
Width Indicators for German Armoured Vehicles (S35-008) Armorscale 1/35 For SdKfz. SD.Kfz.221, 222, 223, 231, 232, 234, 250, 251 series.
Sd.Kfz.231 (6 Rad) Detail Set (35320) Eduard Models 1/35 Photo Etched Parts; For For Historic Plastic Models Kit
Sd.Kfz.232 (6 Rad) Detail Set (35794) Eduard Models 1/35 Photo Etched Parts; For For Italeri Model Kit
SD.KFZ. 232 (6 RAD) Wheels: 6 Hole Rims (35040) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin
SD.KFZ. 232 (6 RAD) Wheels - 2 Hole Rims (35041) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin
German 2cm KwK 30 Gun Barrel Jordi Rubio Accessories 1/35 Turned Aluminum
2cm KwK 30 Gun Barrel New Connection Models 1/35 Turned Aluminum
Sd.Kfz.231 (6 Rad) Detail Set (RM253) Royal Models 1/35 Multi-Media; For Historic Plastic Models Kit
Sdkfz.231 (6 Rad) Tire Set (RM265) Royal Models 1/35 Resin; For Historic Plastic Models Kit
Sdkfz 232 6-Rad Detail Set (35065) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo Etched Parts?; For For Italeri Model Kit

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 231 (6 Rad) Panzerspahwagen Model Kit (1/35 HiPM) David Blankenship- Tallmadge, Ohio USA