The Panzerattrape 82/3 was a peculiar variant of the Type 82 Kubelwagen. It was a mock-up armoured vehicle/command car with machine gun-fitted turret over the cabin. The function of this car was to deceive the enemy. A simple visual Kubelwagen was suddenly a ferocious tank. The flanks were simple metallic structures that could be fixedly put on the body. Without flanks could serve as the vehicle reconnaissance vehicle.

As James Allen reports on Carbuzz, though technically classified as a Kubelwagen via its 'Type 82/3' designation, this diminutive little thing that's being auctioned off on eBay surely ranks up there as one of the most bizarre war machines to ever be assembled. Admittedly, it was never truly intended to be anything close to a legitimate battle tank (depending on who you ask, the 82/3 was either a training vehicle stepping stone to the proper Panzers, or a 'Panzerattrappe,' or dummy tank, to fool the onlooking enemy), but the scant armor cladding, fixed turret and 'Panzer Gray' paint scheme does at least give this 'KdF-Panzerwagen' of sorts at least a passing resemblance to the more well-known German armored vehicles from the Second World War.

Given it's an incredibly obscure device, little concrete info is known on the Type 82/3. Not much is known about this particular vehicle's history, other than it was originally part of the National Military History Center's collection and it probably is isn't 100% mechanically authentic to the original Nazi Germany-era specification. The engine doesn't work, isn't original and is understood to be derived from a production Beetle from the 1960s, and the advert didn't disclose anything about the condition it's paired to either. Still, regardless of whether the machine works or not, it's still a quirky piece of kit that the military history enthusiast in all of us would love to own if we had a spare $21,200 and the space to keep it.

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