Meili Multimobil semi-trailer, 6x6, 1964. Semi-trailer with mechanical driven wheels at rear. 75 hp. Meili was at Shaffhausen and in 1964 moved to Schübelbach, Switzerland. See Chap 'Meili Tractors and Gama-Gaot'. Pict from l'Argus, 26 March 1964.



Metrac of Meili, 1958, equipped with a positive pitch control, crosses a wall. See chap 'Meili tractors and Gama-Goat'.



Metrac 6x6, 1959. Voir Chap 'Meili tractors and Gama Goat'. Pict from Loomis Dean, Swizerland.      http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f1e8ef410d5ce690.html



Meili Metrac, 1959.                        http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f1e8ef410d5ce690.html




Clark Flextrac 6x6, 1961. American version of the Meili Flex-Trac. See chap 'Meili and Gama-Goat'.  http://www.offroadvehicle.ru/AZBUCAR/Clark/Clark%20txt.html



Meili Flex-Track very first prototype, 1958. See Chap 'Meili tractors and Gama-Goat'. Picture from book of Gerold Röthlin ‘From Autotractor to modern special vehicles’ from Verlag Gerold Röthlin, Kriens, 2004.


Meili Flex-Track, 1961. 108 hp, diesel Ford engine, payload 3T, mass 4,5 t. Very nice and impressive but it didn't know success ! Picture from book of Gerold Röthlin ‘From Autotractor to modern special vehicles’ from Verlag Gerold Röthlin, Kriens, 2004.


Meili Flex-Track, 1961. Picture from book of Gerold Röthlin ‘From Autotractor to modern special vehicles’ from Verlag Gerold Röthlin, Kriens, 2004.


Flexmobil Kassbhorer 6x6 in test in Germany on April 1960. See Chap 'Meili and Gama Goat'.                                           http://www.multi-board.com/board/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=56011




Meili Flextrac, 1958. See Chapter 'Meili tractors and Gama-Goat'. Picture from book of Gerold Röthlin ‘From Autotractor to modern special vehicles’ from Verlag Gerold Röthlin, Kriens, 2004. http://www.voughtaircraft.com/heritage/special/html/sgamaa.html


Flexmobil of Kässbohrer, 1960. See chapter : 'Meili Tractors and Gama-Goat'. Pict from the book of Karl Anweiler 'Prototypen und Sonderfahrzeuge der Bundeswher seit 1956', Motorbuch Verlag, 2004.


Gama-Goat at Magny en Vexin, France on 1994 05 01. Pict J M Maclou.


Gama-Goat at Magny en Vexin, France on 1994 05 01. Pict J M M.



Gama-Goat Trials in Thailand in 1962 and 1965.





Gama-Goat. See Chap 'Meili tractors and Gama-Goat'.


Gama Goat modified with oversized tires seen on : http://www.vustv



Gama-Goat, Amphibious, 1972, 1 1/4 ton, a front slope filled with polyurethane, sideboards and 2 electric powered propellers were provided. Picture from book of Fred Crismon ‘US Military Wheeled Vehicles’, Crestline Publishing (Motorbook), 1983.



Meili Flextrac 6x6. See chap 'Meili Tractors and Gama Goat'. Pict  from review 'Tout Terrain 82', Auto Loisirs, Editions P.A.L., 1982, by Jean Gabriel Jeudy.


Nangy 6x6 proto 1986, from  Street and Mud, Le Lignon, Switzerland, looks like a Gama Goat.      http://www.streetandmud.com/intro_qui.html       




6x6 forwarder found on site of Forest Laboratories of University of Tokyo.



Wheel Horse T1700 4WD, of Lennartsfors, Ärjäng, Sweden. Mass 210 kg, total mass 934 kg, 11 hp.



Vimek 606 TT Forwarder 6x6, from Vindeln, Sweden. http://vimek.se/en/prod/606-tt/



Lennartsfors forwarder. Pict J M M at  Forexpo, Mimizan, France on 2012 06.


Vimek 608.2 forwarder. The rear wheels are driven by a sprocket directly on tires. Pict J M M at  Forexpo, Mimizan, France on 2012 06.


Völker dumper, 1985, 120HP, 11 T Payload. Pict from the book 'Muldenkipper of Heinz-Herbert Cohrs, Verlag Podszun-Motorbücher Gmbh, 2003.



ZIL-4975 6x6 fitted of equidistant axles, manufactured from 1995 at Pravdinskoye plant, region of Nijni Novgorod. The 4906 Bluebird Amphibious were issued from this chassis.



Hexawheels of Mercedes-Benz is the project of Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi, 35 years old engineer from Iran for Mercedes in 2010. It is an 6x6 articulated in pitch and roll (perhaps in yaw ?) wheeled vehicle like Flextrac of Meili or the Gama-Goat. Equipped with hydraulic positive pitch control for better crossing obstacles, will it be a true model ? http://www.emercedesbenz.com/autos/mercedes-benz/concept-vehicles/mercedes-benz-hexawheel-concept-design-study/attachment/mercedes-benz-hexawheel-concept-04-lg/



 Articulated scale test model in the 60s at the GM Defense Laboratory, Santa Barbara, Ca. This vehicle designed by M G Bekker, was fitted with a flexible chassis. Pict from 'Journal of Terramachnics' in the 60s, Pergamon Press, later Elsevier.






us003504753-001 Articulated vehicle, 1970. US patent.




MARV, Multi-Element Articulated Research Vehicle, of General Motors, consisted of single axle one engined unit train, suggested by M G Bekker, the father of off-road locomotion that launches theoretical studies of articulated vehicles in the 60s. Pict from the review 'The Engineer', Dec 1963.

Wheeled off road vehicles by R M Ogorkiewicz



Three units MARV of GM Defense Research Laboratories (DRL) in 1962 to investigate articulated vehicles, as suggested by M G Bekker. Speed : 77 km/h. Pict of Journal of Terramechanics, 1970, Vol 7, N°1, Pergamon Press, later Elsevier


General Motors AGL-6 articulated 6x6 logistical truck 2 1/2 t, about the end of the 60s. Angle 20° in roll, 38° in yaw between front and rear.  Speed 95 km/h, Cummings or Detroit Diesel engine. A 4x4 version was also built in 1965. See chapter : 4x4 articulated vehicles, medium. Pict from the 'Revue Internationale de Défense', Juin 1975.


AGL-6, 6x6, Articulated truck in roll and yaw, 1967 of GMC Division of General Motors. 155 hp, semi-elliptic springs at front and suspended walking beam at rear. It was reported to be a very mobile and versatile truck. Articulated vehicles were extensively tested at that time, to increase mobility of trucks. The price increased also and it proved that the mobility surplus was not worth the trouble. Just develop the land. Generally, nowadays, wheeled vehicles have rigid chassis except special vehicles. Picture from US Military Wheeled Vehicles of Fred Crismon, Crestline Publishing (Motorbook), 1983.



Land-Rover 101 FC (Forward Control) and mechanical driven trailer make this set an articulated 6x6 vehicle tried by British Army and Canada in 1972. This drawing is an advertising for commercial purposes in 1973, from Rover-British Leyland, Solihull, England. Pict from the review RID ‘Revue Internationale de Défense’ about 1973.


Land-Rover 101 FC and driven trailer. Pict from the review RID about 1972. See also the site : http://www.lrfaq.org/FC/FAQ.FC.101_sales



Land-Rover 101 FC and driven trailer : transmission of movement between 4x4 truck and 2x2 trailer. Pict from the review RID about 1972.

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1. Used cars online (link) 08/09/2011

It was an quite pretty nice post the 6x6 wheel vehicle, very classic trucks, thanks for the image.

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