Sd.Kfz. 222 was a light four-wheel drive armoured car. It was became the standard light armoured car in German army service until the defeat of Nazi Germany. Used by the reconnaissance battalions (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) of the Panzer divisions, the type performed well enough in countries with good road networks, like those in Western Europe. However, on the Eastern Front and North Africa, this class of vehicle was hampered by its relatively poor off-road performance.
Sd.Kfz. 222 was armed with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 autocannon and a 7.92 mm MG 13 machine gun. With respect to the previous version, the Sd.Kfz. 221, the crew was increased to three by the addition of a gunner, relieving the commander of that task. In 1938, the MG 13 was replaced by a Maschinengewehr 34, in 1942 the KwK 30 was replaced by the faster firing KwK 38 of the same calibre. Production ran from 1937 to late 1943, with at least 990 vehicles being produced for the army. Its full name was Leichter Panzerspähwagen (2 cm).
'Katrin' is the most famous Sd.Kfz. 222 replica in Europe. 'Katrin' was build in exact measurements like original. The frame used was an old van from which he built the structure. It's a very solid metal build. The vehicle is raised on bogie and axles Savien/Avia 15/30. It has oil engine Savien/Avia 15/30, content 3.359 ccm. Propulsion is on back axle. The vehicle is equip with stop-valve of differential. The electric appointment works with voltage of 12 V, full functional intercom for all vehicle's company works with 24 V.
The facilities of the vehicle is original, full functional fore and back alight Notek, klaxon - Bosch, jack, fuel bunkers and holders for water, original radio station FU 5, and another interior facilities, such as personal belongings of members of vehicle's company, functional place on sides of vehicle, sheet contrary to rain. It has working implement and another external facilities (see the photo). The militant tower is full rotary and is porched by functional upper cage. The rotation iis provided by manual work. Cannon carriage and beds for the machine-gun is fully functional in elevation from - 6 to + 80 degrees.
Its building took 3 years, from 2000 to 2003. 'Katrin' became a very high detailed and correct sized replica. She appeared for the first time at an event in 2003. She has participated in many Hollywood movies and reenactment shows during her 13 years "duty". For these purposes was full reduce its construction and appointment. Outward of the vehicle full corresponds with pattern. Interior of the vehicle was subject to its construction and interior appointment and maximum functionality in fight. 'Katrin' has received two different types of camouflage paint, and dark yellow Feldgrau / Bronwen, throughout its operational life.
In spite of his 13 years of hard battle, 'Katrin' has the perfect patina/optics to look like the real thing! A replica of the original barrel 20mm Flak gun is onboard, as well as a gas firing replica of MG34 gun machine. Current owners, because of a new panzer project, are looking for an enthousiast new owner for 'Katrin'.