Praga V3S - an all-terrain multi-purpose truck – is without a doubt the most popular model ever produced by the company. V3S was in production for a remarkable time of almost forty years. The construction of this model was caused by an emerging demand for an all-terrain versatile military truck; for after the war, the restored Czechoslovakian army inherited a heterogenous vehicle fleet which was partly outdated and required very complex maintenance (due to its diversity). Therefore, there was a tendering process by the army for this specific kind of vehicle – and Praga presented three models in this competition. On the basis of these three models and all the tests they went through a new model was manufactured – Praga V3S.
During the late 1950s, V3S started to penetrate the civilian sphere as well. The model was successful in performing demanding tasks in agricultural and forest industry. Soon, various extensions were made for this model and V3S started to be employed as a dumper truck, crane truck, fire truck, tank truck and many others.V3S was also exported to 72 foreign countries and in total an astonishing number of approximately 131.000 vehicles was produced. Therefore, even today it is very easy to meet one of V3S’ on Czech roads.