Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5k: Kurierwagen: 1973 Volkswagen Thing Type 181

The Volkswagen Type 181 Thing was a stripped down vehicle used for West German military use as a temporary solution while the Europa Jeep was being developed.  Of course, the Europa Jeep (a 1960s NATO project for a Jeep style vehicle) never made it into production, and the 181 filled in nicely -- eventually it was offered for civilian use around the globe.  Find this 1973 Volkswagen Thing offered here on eBay, currently bidding for $6,501 with 1 day to go, located in Kenvil, NJ.

The Thing used a Karmann-Ghia floorpan and various parts from the Beetle, Transporter, etc.  It was engineered using all the best 20th century modernist architectural rules, particularly the axiom that "form follows function."  Nothing was added to the Type 181 that wasn't essential for military transportation in a war zone. 

Powering the Thing is a rear mounted 1.6 liter flat-4 making about 50 horsepower and 50 ft-lbs of torque and puts the power down via its 4 speed manual transaxle.  Don't expect to go anywhere quickly, but rest assured you will reach your destination.  Unlike modern VAG engines, VW's aircooled flat-4 is legendary for basic ruggedness and easy roadside repairs.

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  1. An aircooled VW with working heat?


  2. No replies to the 'temporary solution' gag?


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