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VOLKSWAGEN 181 'THE THING'

4-door 4-seater open tourer.

This was the modernised version of a Second World War Kubelwagen, looking for all the world like a military Scout Car (some were used for that purpose). Under the skin, mainly standard Beetle mechanicals, updated with MacPerhson front struts from 1970, coil spring rear end from 1973, and 1.6-litre engine from 1974. As ever, air-cooled and oversteering and - like the Mini-Moke - of minority interest. 'The Thing' was the name adopted for USA sale - and that described it precisely!

Technical Specifications

Engine:
1493cc/1584cc (HO4 OHV) 
Configuration:
Rear engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1969 to 1978  
Number produced:
n/a