German m.Lkw. (S-Type) Medium Truck

German Medium Truck Opel Blitz

The 3000S or S-Typ standard 3 ton medium utiliy truck was developed under the Schell-Programm, intended to standardize German wartime automobile production and conserve valuable resources. The 3000S model was produced by Borgward, Ford, Magirus, Mercedes-Benz, and Opel with minor variations. Various open, closed, house type, and tanker body variants of the 3000S became available. Starting in 1944, new S-Typ medium trucks were fitted with the Einheitsfahrerhaus replacement cab made of wood or high density fibreboard, instead of the earlier steel cab.

Available Scale Model Kits

  • Opel Blitz 3.6-36S
  • Borgward B3000S
  • Ford V3000S/G917T
    • Ford V3000S early conv. for Italeri Opel Blitz, 1:72 Modell Trans MT72054
  • Ford V3000S/G198TS
    • 1:35 Airpress
  • Klöckner-Deutz S3000
  • Mercedes-Benz L3000S
    • 1:48 Bandai MA00708
  • Mercedes-Benz L701 (Opel)

Technical Specifications

  • Designation: m.Lkw – mittlerer Lkw, 4×2
  • Engine: Opel 3.6 liter 6-cylinder, I-I-W-F, 3626 cc, 54.8 kw @ 3000 rpm
  • Maximum Speed: 80 km/h
  • Range: 300 km on Roads, 230 km Cross-Country
  • Transmission: 5 Forward, 1 Reverse
  • Brakes: hydraulic
  • Tires: 7.50-20
  • Wheelbase: 3600 mm
  • Length: 6700 mm
  • Width: 2265 mm
  • Height: 2175 mm
  • Weight: 2540 kg
  • Payload: 3 tons
  • Production: 1938–1944
  • Historical Employment:
    • German Army, 1939 – May 1945
    • Romanian Army


  • Frank, Reinhard: Lastkraftwagen der Wehrmacht (Eggolsheim 1999)

German S-Typ and A-Typ 3 ton medium trucks can be difficult to distinguish in miniature. Some manufacturers offer hybrid variants of mixed dimensions, combining the short wheelbase of one vehicle with the overall length of another.

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