The story of my own Schwimmwagen
Production year: 1943
Serial number: 7-001 036
Engine number: 7-21 617 (substituted in 1953)
Chassis number: 001010
Production date: march 27, 1943
Delivered march 29, 1943 to Heereszeugamt Kassel
Thanks to the historical archives at Volkswagen, it is
possible to trace down the story of each vehicle produced at the
At this time I don't have any detailed information as to the
wartime deployment of this specific vehicle, even though it is
generally known that this model was deployed to the eastern front,
especially during the first production months.
Existing documents tell us that after the war my
Schwimmwagen was licensed as a civil vehicle in Germany on December 16,
1948. The last known owner using it regularly, lived in Kaufbeuren, a
city in southern Germany, between Munich and Friedrichshafen. Here it
was licensed from 1986 to 1989. Later, apparently the vehicle was part
of a private collection and after some years it was put on sale in
Belgium, where I bought it.
The extraordinary history of the Schwimmwagen is available here.
7-001 036: SERIAL NUMBERS
Such data as serial number, production date, special factory
mounted features, delivery location are traceable. Even the original
color is often documented in the precise German archives.These are the
number plates of Schwimmwagen 7-001 036. They are all original (except
for the engine), as shown in the available documentation which dates
back to 1948, but they appear to have been removed and put back on.
+7-006 450+ (gearbox)