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One of my friends on another site (car related) posted this photo. Since we have a huge international 'audiance' here, thought I would ask what is is/was:



Possibly S, African???

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Got me, Dave. Need more angles to view it at. Definitely interesting, though

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Possibly some sort of land and watercraft. I think at the rear is a prop, sort of air boat craft for water and land transport. However, I don't readily see watercraft license afixed.
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It is a Land Mine resisting Vehicle built on VW Brazil Kombi running gear. Built in Zimbabwe during the period 1976 to 1979 for the civilian sector in response to an escalating mine problem, the vehicle was powered by the standard 1600cc 4 cyl type 1 Air cooled motor and standard gearbox, but had 'low range' gears fitted into the Reduction Boxes at the rear wheels. A large add-on Oil cooler was added to assist the engine. Seats 6, 5 passengers and a driver. Only 5 are known to have survived, this being 1 of the 2 that have survived with wheels / axles. Another view is shown below.
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Oliver has it right. It is a Rhodesian Leopard.

Leopard security vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Kinda had an idea it was something like that - thanks for the fun

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Yay Oliver. Best I could come up with was some sort of mine resisting vehicle. They made all sorts of versions, on a number of chassis. Just as happy I don't live in an area where you need a vehicle like that. Well, if you count Nam, I DID live in an area where you could use a vehicle like that.

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Well, if you count Nam, I DID live in an area where you could use a vehicle like that.
Yep. Me too.

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Built in Zimbabwe during the period 1976 to 1979 for the civilian sector in response to an escalating mine problem
Cough!

Built in Rhodesia would be more correct.

I lived up there during the bush war and loads of farmers had these. That license plate is an old Zimbabwean one.
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Looks like one of the special machines that were developed to resist land mines. In the time of Apartheid and the trade sanctions imposed upon S Africa they had to develop their own weapons and devices.
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