“Ain’t nothing but a thing…”
So what would happen if you let a Humvee and a VW Beetle wander around the back 40 without parental supervision? I think I have your answer. Actually, I think I have a lot of answers for the same outcome, but the first answer is: “The Thing”. What are all the other answers, you ask? Well, as it turns out I was hoping you’d inquire.
Behold the Volkswagen Type 181. That’s the actual designation for the love child of the aforementioned parents. It’s the kind of infant that when strangers peeled back the blankets inside the perambulator to baby-talk the young one, they at first slightly recoil in horror then rapidly try to regain their composure to say “How beautiful!” But really after a while, you kinda get used to the little guy and then he grows on you.
The 181 is known by a lot of different names. “The Thing” is what it was called in the US, but this, uh, Thing…which was manufactured between 1968 and 1983 was called the Kurierwagen in Germany, the Trekker (aka the 182 which was a right hand drive, in the UK), the Safari (Latin America), the Camat (Indonesia), and the Pescaccia (in Italy). It was manufactured in Germany (West-Germany that is), Mexico, and India.
It’s kind of a car, kind of a jeep, kind of a dune buggy, kind of a military vehicle. It’s a Thing, and that’s just the best way to describe it.
This particular thing appears to be in really good shape for a 1973 vehicle. It is said to have a 4-speed manual that has 30k miles. I’m not sure if that’s referring to the transmission or the car as a whole, however. The asking price is $10,500 and it is said to run and drive and stop well. It does not come with a top of any kind, which is OK in the desert where it is located or for sunny drives in other locations…such as the back 40 where the other automotive love children live.
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