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call it a “Kurierwagen,” the British, a In Mexico, it’s a “Safari,” but in the States, it’s a “Thing.”

hard to put the Thing in the same as the Hummer, but both have ancestry. During World War II, the version of the Jeep was a VW-based meaning “bucket car” to the

While European governments developing lightweight, amphibious drive military vehicles, still wanted a lightweight, and reliable vehicle to meet needs. Noting the popularity of dune buggies in the U.S. proceeded to develop the Thing. The management team believed the would appeal to the consumer as well, just as the Jeep popular after World War II.

The Thing is based on a Karmann floorpan, which is slightly than the Beetle. At first, the suspension was that of a VW Transporter 1973, when the Porsche axel and IRS (independent rear semi-trailing arm design was adopted.

In the Thing was introduced in Europe and the following year, in the U.S.

When the U.S. Department of imposed stricter safety in 1975, the U.S. sales of the were brought to a screeching That same year, a version was offered in Britain, but the weren’t very interested in it.

The lived on as the “Acapulco Thing,” a designed for the Las Brisas Hotel in The Acapulco had special upholstery, boards, surrey top, and paint job in white with yellow, green or blue.

its lifetime (1969-83), 90,883 were built in Germany, and in Mexico.

Noel Kuehner and Bonnie are the second owners of this 1973 VW Thing.

In 39 years, the car has logged 76,000 miles. It life along the Sea of Cortez in Peñasco, Mexico. A friend, had a VW shop there and he kept the owner to sell him the Thing.

He gave in, but by that time had moved on to Porsches and Mercedes. In Noel happened to drive by the Autohaus where Gary had it It was in amazingly good condition, sun-faded. Noel inquired the vehicle.

As soon as Noel’s Bonnie, saw the car, she packed a lunch and took the Thing for a drive.

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It was love at first sight.

The bought the car. The night they were to put this orange example of German on a Matson container bound for it caught on fire.

Clad in his underwear, Noel was able to extinguish the blaze, while the neighbors. It turned out to be a blessing in as it created an opportunity to have the at Vanderpool put on a fresh coat of on the faded finish. Now, it better than new.

The Thing is driven almost it’s a perfect island

The surrey top, an option became available on the 1974 gives the owners shade, no where they park.

a cruiser and a rock crawler. give a “shaka” and a smile they go. People warn that the Thing will go to but the owners say, “it couldn’t in a better place.”

Noel and enjoy hanging out with Borrero and other VeeDubbers in the Air-Cooled VW Club.

People ask, “Does it float?” responds, “Yes, just for a right before it sinks.”


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