This one represents the third version of the worlds first truck. The first version still had a rear-mounted engine, in the second it was under the driver's seat (underfloor). Only now, through having the engine up front, were they able to achieve a more balanced load-distribution. The vehicle could be had with a 2,9, 4,4, 5,9, 7,4 kW (4, 6, 8, 10 hp) engine. Whereby, the two-cylinder was for the two lower powered models and the four-cylinder engine made up of two combined two-cylinder engines, was for the other two stronger vehicles.
An important aspect was, the turning away from the glow-pipe- in favour of the electric ignition. Not only was the old ignition responsible for blackened faces when lighting up, apparently engines also caught fire. So, the handling also became a little more comfortable, which, in view of the iron tyres, could not be said of the driving comfort. At least however, huge pay-loads of up to 5 tons were possible, whereby the net-weight, must have been distinctly lower than the pay-load.
Because of the heavy loads they no longer used they drive-belt. In the above picture the Cardan drive shaft can be clearly seen at the rear. Only by enlarging the picture, can the inside gearing on the right rear wheel be made out, a type of predecessor of todays commonly used outer planetary gears. What can not be compared with todays standards, are the wooden shoe-brakes, at this time of course, and for all vehicles, only working on the rear wheels. 03/13