Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Engine: Flat 4
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive
Body Style: SUV Model 181
Exterior: Summer (Lemon) Yellow
Stock Number: HM55
During the 1960’s the West German government was in need of light, inexpensive, durable transport vehicles that could fulfill their basic needs. Thus was born the VW type 181. Management at VW saw potential in the 181 as a consumer vehicle; Mexican customers were asking for something that could handle rural roads better than the Type 1, which was a large seller in Mexico at the time, and the popularity of VW-based dune buggies within the U.S. made executives think that a durable, fun, off-road- capable vehicle would become attractive to many buyers. VW could keep cost to a minimum and thus maximize profitability by using existing parts. Like the World War II era Type 82 Kübelwagen, the Type 181 used mechanical parts and a rear-engine platform, manual transmission and a flat-4 engine derived from that of the Type 1. From 1968 until 1979, over 50,000 Type 181s were delivered to the NATO forces. European and Mexican sales of the civilian Type 181 continued through 1980, and several organizations, including NATO, continued to purchase military-spec Type 181 units through 1983, finding their reliability and low purchase and maintenance costs attractive. The Thing, as it was called in the American market) was sold in the United States for 1973 & 1974 model years.
We are pleased to offer this 1973 Sunshine Yellow Type 181 Thing. Completely restored by renowned Porsche restoration shop Automobile Associates of Canton and the personal family fun car of owner Jim Newton. This Thing has been thoroughly enjoyed since its completion in the late 90’s. Everything on the car has been restored and sorted including bare metal repaint, full mechanical overhaul including engine, transmission, electrics, and brakes. Custom items include chrome moly roll cage, custom bumpers and exhaust, side air intakes, and fabricated floor boards. Ready to use and enjoy by the next caretaker this fun seeking off roader is sure to be a hit wherever it goes.