Star 266 is the Polish off-road mid-duty truck, intended for transportation of cargo and passengers both well on the road and off-roads and towing of the trailer with the total weight of 4 tons. It is also used as the main cargo all-terrain vehicle in the Polish army.
The predecessor of this model is Star 660. The first prototype of Star 266 was created in 1969.
The serial production started in 1973 in Starachowice, Poland. The vehicle might have the tarpaulin roof, be roofless and could be used as a chassis to arrange different sorts of equipment. The car had a solid frame made of pressed steel. Star 266 was used as a base for a number of different vehicles including CD-5 tank trucks, GD-2 smokescreen generation vehicles, truck-mounted cranes, excavators, WUS-3 and IRS special vehicles etc.
To control the Star 266, the vehicle was equipped with 6-cylinder in-line engine with the direct injection of S359 type (S359M since 1983), with the displacement of 6842 cc. It provided the maximum power output of 150 horsepower. The power unit worked in pair with 5-speed manual S5-45 gearbox. The fuel capacity of the two tanks is 300 L. The maximum reached speed is 90 km / h. The maximum distance without refueling is 1040 km. The fuel consumption is 27 L per 100 km.
In 1985 the model was reworked, mostly in the exterior.
In 1988, two Star 266 even participated in Paris-Dakar rally.
The model was discontinued in December, 2000 and was changed by Star 1466.
The standard cabin had a good glassing, the panoramic windscreen, without the central bearer to provide good visibility.
Star 266 can easily overcome fords with the depth of 120-180 sm. This model can work at hard conditions: the humidity of 98% and high dust level and the temperature rate of -40 to 50 degrees. The vehicle has such dimensions: 6790 x 2500 x 2660 mm, the body is fully made of metal. Star 266 received many good reviews of car owners for its consumer qualities.