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19.08.2010 von admin

Henschel's commercial vehicle range grew and thrived, not least on the back of a strong economic upswing. A six-cylinder diesel engine developing 125 hp was the result of the efforts to produce their own engine. And that engine would power a wide range of vehicles like the three-axle 36 J 3, the six-tonne 6 J, the two and three-axle 4 J 5 and 35 J 3 buses as well as a semitrailer tractor with a gross vehicle weight of up to 36 tonnes: a semitrailer towing two trailers paved the way for a seven-axle trailer combination.

Aviation and alternative drive systems

Henschel then moved into aviation from 1933 onwards. At the same time, the company built the first high-pressure fast locomotive and the first electric single-axle locomotive (Henschel had already started building electric locomotives in 1905). Two years later the Henschel commercial vehicle range comprised trucks with a payload between 2.5 and 10.90 tonnes. And there were also buses for 20 to 60 passengers. Steam and wood-gas-powered cars as well as trolleybuses were also part of the range.

Steam trucks Henschel

The very latest developments in aerodynamics determined the appearance of the four-tonne 38 S in 1935, powered by a seven-litre 95-hp six-cylinder engine. For the first time the radiator was angled and the edges of the cab rounded. Henschel would subsequently adopt this design in the following year on all its light-duty fast trucks, which were also fitted with more powerful engines. This stylish front would also characterise the front of all buses and coaches after 1935.

Henschel truck 38 S

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