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Acapulco thing

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181 (Left Hand Driver) States)

Official Volkswagen designation for all of the left hand and a few right hand drive (the Beetle being the 1, the bus the type 2 etc.) It was originally for the Bundeswehr (German Federal and designated Mehrzweckwagen (multi-purpose In German-influenced markets, it is generally as Kübel or Kübelwagen after its from WW-II, the type 82.

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In 1973 and 1974 28,930 (14,197 and 14,733 resp.) built and exported to the U.S. for by Volkswagen of America. 1973 and THINGs came as a standard 181 THING. Those few THINGS 1975 registration have all proven to be left-over 1974 sold by dealers as 1975 All have VINs: 184XXX making them a 1974 The importing of 1975 and later was prohibited by the U.S. government as could not meet crash standards for passenger cars. The and 1974 were classified as Vehicles and were exempt those tests. Beside VW couldn’t sell them and an excuse to drop the vehicle its offerings anyway.

Differences from the Safari full emissions equipment on the the letter X (for export) the chassis number and a U.S. DOT on the left centre door

The first Name attached to cars was to the Type-181 that was built, or at least assembled, in starting in late 1970. For of registration, VW wanted all of these were to be called The Safari, as name had the same general in all of the languages of the Americas. Unfortunately Motors had been using the name on Pontiac Station as early as 1955 and thereby the name Safari in the U.S. Volkswagen of America therefore to call all of it’s type 181 The THING. The official name The is supported not only in all the VW literature, but in at 42 states DMV registrations. Only 4 are known to register these as Type-181. Those THINGs were sold in Canada and a few countries, that were VW of A were trans-shipped after in the U.S. much in the same way Type-3 notchbacks got into the from Canada.


Acapulco

In 1974 the THING model was available, a stock with a few minor trim They had blue and white interior (look behind the panels, this should be running boards (pans had nuts welded on the edge), a surry top and either a hardtop or a top. In as most of the purchasers of left the surry top behind at the there was no shortage of tops and in the middle 70’s.

The earliest of an Acapulco prototype dates the Puebla factory in 1972, after they started Safari production. As early as the Surry top and the running boards seen in VW of America advertisements the note that the surry top was a Option. Although the parts existed in Mexico at that it is unlikely that there 1973 Acapulco THINGS by VW of America. There were Acapulco’s built in Mexico in for the resort trade, including a few a pink and white colour

1973 Volkswagen thing 181

Safari

The Safari was produced for domestic sales and was also to countries to the south of Mexico. The domestic engines all had low compression installed for about a 6.8:1 ratio that would run on grade Premex gasolines.

182 (Right Hand Driver)

Type 181 with right-hand produced in Germany for the United Small numbers of type were produced by VW from 1970 onwards, either as or to specific order (example: no. 181 2195 609 was shipped to Zambia in 1970 — without any The type 182 was officially sold in by VW dealers in 1974-75, under the Trekker. Volkswagen U.K. attempted to introduce the type 182 England as The THING, but the dealers to the name and a contest was held to the car.

Despite Press reports 300 were being imported, records only show chassis no.’s. in the series 185 to -477, i.e. less 100. Presumably plans modified since VW overpriced it, so it sell very well. vehicles were made in (not Germany), generally to THING specification, but with rear-lights and front flashers. In May the 181/182 Register listed 51 182s, 45 of which are 74/75 and the rest being of various

Other type 182s built into the middle primarily for military use in countries right hand drive was (Morocco had at least 20 units).

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