A rare eastern block OT 64, a very capable 8×8 armoured troop carrier with the very reliable air cooled Diesel engine. Although these monsters are famed for their swimming, personally I’m not sure I would after seeing various polish lads sinking them on Utube during drunken camping parties. Ours is tidy with low mileage but had a few parts missing. We have now received the bits we need from Poland and could have it completed relatively quickly if need be.
The OT-64 SKOT (Czech acronym for: Střední Kolový Obrněný Transportér, and/or Polish Średni Kołowy Opancerzony Transporter – medium wheeled armoured transporter) is an amphibious, armored personnel carrier (8×8), developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia (ČSSR) well into the 1960s.
Until the early 1970s Czechoslovakia produced around 4,500 OT-64 SKOTs of all variants, just under a third of which were exported.
OT-64 was intended to replace the halftrack OT-810, which was nearly identical to the German SdKfz 251 from World War II. The first prototype was built in 1959. In 1961 the first sample series were built and starting from October 1963 the vehicles were produced in Lublin, Poland by Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych. Czechoslovakia supplied the driveline components, i.e. the engine, transmission and axles. The first production vehicles were delivered in 1964 to both the Polish Army and Czechoslovak Army. They were also acquired by the Hungarian army. Today are gradually replaced by newer vehicles.
OT-64 SKOT 8×8 Armoured Personnel Carrier Specifications
Weight 14.5 t
Length 7.44 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 2.71 m
Crew 2 + 18 passengers
2 + 10 passengers (OT-64A and SKOT-2A)
Armor 6-13 mm
Main Armament 7.62 mm PKT machine gun and 14.5 mm KPV machine gun.
Engine air-cooled Tatra T-928-14 V-8 diesel 177 hp
Power/weight 12.4 hp/tonne
Suspension 8×8 or 8×4
Operational Range 710 km
Speed 94 km/h (in water 9 km/h)