• Short Summary

    A LITTLE AUSTRIAN VEHICLE, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL OVER TERRAIN USUALLY RESTRICTED TO HORSES, WAS DEMONSTRATED ON A BOGGY, RAINSOAKED STRETCH OF FARM-LAND IN EAST ANGLIA, U.

  • Description

    A LITTLE AUSTRIAN VEHICLE, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL OVER TERRAIN USUALLY RESTRICTED TO HORSES, WAS DEMONSTRATED ON A BOGGY, RAINSOAKED STRETCH OF FARM-LAND IN EAST ANGLIA, U.K. FEBRUARY 22ND.

    SLITHERING UP AND DOWN GREASY SLOPES, BECOMING AIRBORNE AS IT HIT CHASSIS-CRACKING BUMPS, AND CHURNING THROUGH WATER HOLES, WAS THE 8-HORSEPOWER HAFLINGER ("MOUNTAIN HORSE").

    WEIGHING ONLY 1,200 LBS., AND EQUIPPED WITH FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE, THE VEHICLE WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR USE BY THE AUSTRIAN ARMY. IN A CIVILIAN ROLE IT IS INTENDED FOR USE BY FARMERS AND OTHER TRAVELLERS IN MARSHY LAND, FORESTS AND MOUNTAIN AREAS. AN AID TO ITS SURE-FOOTEDNESS IS THE INCLUSION OF A DIFFERENTIAL LOCK WHICH CAN BE ENGAGED WITH THE HAFLINGER IS ON THE MOVE, MAKING EACH WHEEL INDEPENDENT OF THE OTHER.

    IT IS POWERED BY AN AIR-COOLED, TWO-CYLINDER, HORIZONTALLY OPPOSED FOUR STROKE ENGINE, AND HAS A FULLY SYNCHRONISED 4 SPEED GEARBOX. ON THE HIGHWAY IT HAS A SPEED OF 40 M.P.H.

    SUSPENSION, WHICH NEEDS TO BE RUGGED, IS BY LARGE COIL SPRINGS WITH ADDITIONAL RUBBER INTERLAYED SPRINGS AND HYDRAULIC SHOCK ABSORBERS. ACCESSORIES, SUCH AS A WINCH CONTROLLED EITHER IN THE CABIN OR FROM AN OUTSIDE PLATFORM, ARE AVAILABLE. IN ENGLAND THE PRICE IS ABOUT GBP700.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7CLZPR0J8MIOV071NY5IF4DTX
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CLZPR0J8MIOV071NY5IF4DTX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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