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, ambulances (Leadwarrior kit Lw35025), a universal Funk-Koffer for radio vehicle, and different types of cargo carriers with open metal or wooden cabins (Leadwarrior kits Lw35023, Lw35024, Lw35027), as well as Flak carriers (Leadwarrior kits Lw35029, Lw35030). There were also tests of trucks with railway drive (Leadwarrior kit Lw35028).
This conversion kit presents a very rare Steyr 1500A conversion, a general purpose Omnibus.
At least two of these vehicles are still preserved in Czech Republic. Most experts feel that this vehicle was manufactured during the war by Lohner Werke in Vienna, though there are no marking labels.
The configuration of the Omnibus is quite unusual. There are three main doors, with a passenger door on the left side. It could carry 8-10 men, or with the rear bench removed, could be used as ambulance vehicle. In this case the large trunk doors would be used to load stretchers, etc.
The preserved vehicles have the rear wheels doubled, but this could be a post-war improvement.
The spare wheel could be mounted on the front of the engine compartment.