1993 Volkswagen LT 4x4 - The Noriker
I have to admit that this idea of installing some Unimog axles had some help. Back in 1992 when the Canadian Forces were looking for a new Light Support vehicle ( LSVW ) , Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria built and submitted the Noriker prototype based on the Volkswagen LT 4x4 - unfortunately Steyr Puch lost out to Fiat for some strange reason and only 22 Noriker's exist...
The hand built Noriker got a lot of it's styling cues such as the black plastic fender protectors from the hand built Syncro 16" which SPD also designed. The axles were custom built in the UK and have smaller brakes than the Unimog in order to fit 16" wheels. The Noriker has a 5000kg GVW where as the Unimog 406 has 7490kg. I suspect that the Noriker was a modified 2WD LT as there was a short wheel base version of it available and they didn't use a New Process 241V transfer case. There are many differences between the Noriker and Unimog axles - for this project the 406 axles are just easier to get so that's what I got!
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