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Volkswagen’s Thing war car turns – for the wrong reasons

There are than a million words in the language and yet, when it to naming Volkswagen ‘s car-cum-caravan, only one sufficed: the

It is an odd name for a very odd vehicle. a laughably unmenacing villain of a 1970s B-movie, it is so improbable and that specific description is It was, is and will forever a Thing. If its looks are baffling, its purpose is bemusing. At first it looks like an air raid that should be half in a garden. On second glance, you the wheels and assume it is coin and has escaped from a theme Surely no other car with a purpose is so silly.

During the Second World Volkswagen was required to serve the good by designing a durable, vehicle as the German equivalent to the The result was the Kubelwagen, an austere, runaround based on Beetle gear. While they enter national folklore in the way as their American counterpart, the wartime service wasn’t to be

In the late 1950s, with War tensions reaching boiling several European governments forces to design a rugged, amphibious and all-terrain vehicle to be as the Europa Jeep. But despite its drive, the concept became down in bureaucracy; Germany patience and looked to develop a to its bucket car.

The Europa Jeep proved to be a pipe dream and Volkswagen into the breach. In 1968, it the first type 181, as the (or Trekker in the UK) was known in its serious, guise, into military and, over the next 11 more than 50,000 used by Nato forces. it was superseded by the more modern and mobile Iltis at the turn of the the 181’s reliability and low maintenance kept Nato and other calling until 1983.

But it quickly became apparent the Kurierwagen, as it later became could fill a niche in the for a quirky custom consumer The target market for this was the States, where the emerging culture had led to popularity of dune and offbeat off-roaders. The plan was keep costs low and sell for a price with a novelty Without coming over all the slogan came down to The Thing is. Like its predecessor, the were lifted from the giving it a flat four, engine, and the floor plan was from the marque’s stylish the Karmann Ghia.

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The civilian Thing came the market in 1971 in Europe, the US and Mexico. Its combination of being peculiar and peculiarly German saw it in Britain but, as anticipated, it was received in North America. its popularity and almost instant status, the Thing had to be dropped in as it failed strict new safety which is a little ironic it was designed to protect troops in

The ultimate Thing was designed for Las hotel in Acapulco to ferry around in style. Well, not And if we are honest, not really comfort

The Acapulco Thing featured boards and blink-inducing orange-and-white In total, more than Things were made, of which were built in for the domestic and US market.

Unsurprisingly, the has become a motoring oddity and highly collectable. Few cars can heads like the Thing, but pedestrians craning their to see a 911 say wow, those who spy a 181 are more to ask what?. Being rare and its value can only increase.

Fun such as removable windows and a windscreen have become chic now. Recently, a fire brigade 181 sold for (Dh128,500). And they say Germans have a sense of humour.

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