This Kettenkrad has survived time and is in a very nice unspoiled condition. Recently bought from a collector who had it for more than 20 years. Last year’s not driven much. Runs and drives ok, but could use a tune up.
According its former owner it was used by the Jagdgeschwader in Norway (Famous Luftwaffe wing during WW2), to pull out the fighter planes out of their hangars. It looks like a very unspoiled example with many original features still in place. I noticed many of the original Ribe bolts, original WW2 nr plate, front and back og. Notek lights, original worklight, flametorch (to unfreeze frozen tracks during harsh winter times), original fuel tanks, canvas cover, first-aid basket and so on. It also comes with a few spares like track wheels, track parts, extra carburettor etc. Belgian registration is present.
The SdKfz 2, better known as the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101 or Kettenkrad for short, started its life as a light tractor for airborne troops. The vehicle was designed to be delivered by Junkers Ju 52 aircraft, though not by parachute. The vehicle had the advantage of being the only gun tractor small enough to fit inside the hold of the Ju 52. Steering the Kettenkrad was accomplished by turning the handlebars: if little movement was used then the wheel would steer the vehicle, however if they were turned further they would engage the track brakes to help make turns sharper.
It was the lightest mass-produced German military vehicle to use the complex Schachtellaufwerk overlapped and interleaved road wheels used on almost all German military half-track vehicles of World War II. Being a tracked vehicle the Kettenkrad could climb up to 24° in sand and even more in hard ground, as long as the driver had courage for it.