Austria's all-wheel drive Steyr 1500 was one of the many personnel/transport vehicles designed to meet the Wehrmacht's requirement for a standard 1,5 ton truck. Presented in 1941, the Steyr was used as a transport in all theaters. A total of more than 20,000 were built, in a wide range of variants. Tamiya offers the basic and command versions. The chassis of the Steyr 1500A and its reinforced variant, the Steyr 2000A were also used for fire trucks, Omnibuses (Leadwarrior kit Lw35026), ambulances (Leadwarrior kit Lw35025), a universal Funk-Koffer, or radio vehicle, and different types of cargo carriers with open metal or wooden cabins.
This conversion kit presents a cargo truck on a Steyr 2000A chassis with long frame and full-metal cabin (by the end of the war metal cabins were replaced by wooden "Einheitsfahrerhaus" ones). The wheel base remained standard, but additional frame sections were added to support the longer flatbed cargo bed. The rear springs were reinforced, and twin rear wheels were often mounted. The spare wheel was stored under the bed. This type of truck could also be field-converted into AA Gun carrier (Leadwarrior kit Lw35029).
Longframe Steyr 2000A chassis. Note extended rear frame section.
Longframe Steyr 2000A chassis.
Note extended rear frame section and reinforced springs.
Longframe Steyr truck with bifferent cabin type and 16" wheels.
Longframe Steyr truck with bifferent cabin type.