HENSCHEL ENGINEERING AUTOMOTIVE produces drop side bodies made of steel and aluminum. In addition to the standard steel drop side bodies for VW T6 and Crafter, which are produced in series, we produce aluminum drop side bodies for all manufacturers of common light commercial vehicles.

The longitudinal and transverse beams are made of extruded aluminum profiles. The 5mm thick longitudinal beams have a height of 130mm. The 3mm thick cross beams have a height of 70mm. The outer frame, the transverse beam and the longitudinal beam profiles are clamped or screwed together. The longitudinal beam and floor frame profiles are silver colored anodised, the transverse beams are colorless aluminum. Depending on the vehicle type, the mounting brackets are screwed to the subframe or delivered as a bolting bracket. The outer frame and the transverse beams are clamped and screwed together.

The side walls are made of 25 mm thick, anodized aluminum hollow profiles with a height of 400 mm. The end wall is fixed to the platform frame with stable brackets. The standard locking system is provided with Kinnegrip T 50 locks. The rear wall is equipped with a safety catch and optional lifting cables. Lashing eyes according to UVV/VGB are included in the floor frame profile.


The floor panels are made of a multi-ply plywood plate with a screen print surface and come from German or Finnish manufacturers. The plates are screwed to the substructure and the edges are sealed all around. The ground strength for all vehicles up to 4.5t is 15 mm, from 4.5t up it is 18 mm.

Ladder rack front or rear
Tarpaulin frame
Middle stakes
Painted side boards
Underride protection
Holder for tank filler neck
Lamp holder
Tailgate cords

• All elements are made of galvanized steel or anodized aluminum
• Anti corrosion protection system: nano ceramic coating
• Powder coating (two layers: primer and topcoat, combined layer thickness 120 µm)
• Standart colors:
MB 7350 nova gray, RAL 2011 deep orange, MB 9147 arctic white,
VW R 902 gray white, Ford diamond white, RAL 9005 black

• Special coatings (RAL) are available at extra charge (uni 1-layer, no metallic paint)

Gross vehicle weight

up to 7.5 t
Length up to 6200 mm
Width up to 2230 mm
Side plates

25 mm thick, 400 mm anodized aluminum


15 mm or 18 mm

Dropside lock Kinnegrip T50