Its reputation is legendary. After at first great skepticism even the hostile Britons inspire in the North Africa inhospitable for the car. Because of its low weight it applies soon superior compared to the Jeep, although this has four-wheel drive.
If at the bucket car, the doors are missing, are - in contrast to amphibious vehicles - at least the openings exist. There is such a construction also in police cars of the young Federal Republic of Germany. With the risk to fly out of the car. By the way, today the term bucket car is used for a whole category of vehicles.
Although it has no all-wheel drive, but still is different in its development 1939 by the planned series Beetle. So it has - at least in the later version - more displacement and therefore performance and especially torque. He is set to be higher, which means at its rear swing axle each an auxiliary transmission left and right. So more torque at the input axle.
Otherwise, it is lighter by omitting and - again unlike the amphibious vehicle - equipped with a body of Ami-Budd, the produce several Beetle in that time. The expensive American body presses in Wolfsburg have never been used for a series production of the outer shell until the war ended. Conversely, many bucket cars are made from remnants even after the war.
The more powerful engine is even the basis of the beginning Beetle mass production. The unique rear axle construction with the two step-down transmissions in the axle tubes is maintained even in the first series van/bus (type 2) until 1967. 03/10