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One of the major manufacturers of Italian military logistics vehicles in modern times is IVECO, but during the Second World War manufacturers like Alfa Romeo & Lancia, who we associate today with popular sporting automobiles were the primary companies producing Jeep type vehicles & heavy trucks for the Italian war effort.

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For 1980 AML90 Panhard. New complete Panhard 4HD petrol motor. Also, distributor for 4HD. Offers of used or rebuilt considered. 20 dummy rounds suitable for D921 90mm Giat Industries F1 gun. Replica or decommissioned 7.62mm MAS coaxial machine gun 2400 dummy rounds for machine gun. Panhard AML series orignal night vision equipment. Any and all externally mounted ancillary equipment of the period suitable to the vehicle.

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1945 FORD GPW the car start and run great, Asking for $21000 including shipping.

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1943 Zundapp Ks750 with sidecar. Perfectly restored with all original parts . The bike will make a good collection and personal bike. $23,000

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Italian WW2 Military Vehicles

Prior to WW2 all Italian truck manufacturers were required by law to make their trucks to basic military specifications in the event that civilian vehicles would need to be conscripted for the war effort. Below are a few examples of Italian military vehicles used in WW2, along with basic technical data.

Lancia 1Z / IZM

Designed originally for use in WW1, some of these vehicles saw limited action at the beginning of WW2. A slightly modified version was made in 1918, this was designated the 1ZM. The major difference between the 1Z and 1ZM was that the 1ZM did not have the top turret with the extra machine gun.

Italian Military Lancia IZ

Engine: 40hp petrol

Speed: 60 km/h / 38mph

Range: 300 km

Weight: 3.7 tons

Length: 5.40 mtr.

Width: 1.82 mtr.

Height: 2.40 mtr with turret

 

SPA Viberti AS.42 Sahariana

A rear engined, four wheel steering recon vehicle made in Italy & used by Hungary mainly for desert operations. This vehicle was regarded as excellent & was even used by the British, but unfortunately it was expensive to manufacture & complicated to maintain.

Italian Royal Army SPA Viberti AS.42 Sahariana

Engine: 4,995 cc 6-cylinder diesel

Transmission: 6 forward 1 reverse

Speed: 80 km/h / 50 mph

Range: 800 km with the extra jerry cans

Crew: 5

Weight: 5,140 kg / 11,330 lb

 

Alfa Romeo 800 Truck

This was heavy truck manufactured in Italy was produced between 1940 - 1947 for use by the Italian Military in WW2, after the war it was adapted for civilian use. It was also extensively used by the Hungarian motorized & logistics divisions.

Alfa Romeo 800 Truck

Engine: 8,725 cc 108 hp 6 cyl. Diesel

Transmission: 4 speed manual

Speed: 50 km/h / 31 mph

Length: 6.84 m / 269 in

Width: 2.35 m / 93 in

Height: 2.85 m / 112 in

 

Alfa Romeo 500 Truck

This is a 3 ton class truck, manufactured in Italy from 1937 to 1945. The range included a diesel-powered 75 hp (56 kW) version 500RE, petrol version 500B and gas version 500BR. The chassis was also adapted to take bus and fire fighting bodies.

Hungarian Army Alfa Romeo 500 3 ton Truck

Engine: 6-cyl diesel engine 6100 cc 75 hp

Speed: 28 mph / 45 km/h

Range: 250 miles / 400 km

Length: 7.02 m / 276 in

Width: 2.20 m / 87 in

Weight: 3,800 kg / 8,378 lb

 

Fiat 666 Heavy Truck

Commonly used by the Italian Army for transporting troops to frontline positions. Originally it had rear two wheel drive, but later a 4 x 4 was introduced & this model was designated the 666NM. This vehicle was unusual for the time as it had the engine totally enclosed in the cabin space.

Fiat 666 Heavy Truck of Italian Army

Engine: Diesel Fiat 366, 6-cylinder direct injection, 9365cc

Transmission: 4 forward / reverse + splitter.

Length: 7.1 mtr.

Width: 2.35 mtr.

Height: 2.85 mtr.

Weight: 6 tons

 

Moto Guzzi 500 TriAlce

A three wheeler motorcycle that was produced for the Italian military which came in three variations - single seat, double seat & sidecar. The frame supported a wooden box of 500 kg capacity size 1300 × 960 × 350 mm. This was the only vehicle in the motorized divisions that was air transportable.

Italian Military Moto Guzzi 500 TriAlce

Engine: Air cooled, single cylinder 500cc.

Transmission: 4 speed manual

Speed: 74 km/h

Range: 230 km

Length: 2.83 mtr

Height: 1.05 mtr

Weight: 336 kg

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