Volkswagen Type 181

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Volkswagen Type 181

1970 - 1973
Country:
Germany
Engine:
Flat 4.
Capacity:
1500/1600 cc
Power:
n/a
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
Volkswagen Type 181
While the Karmann-Ghia represented the sporty, elegant side of the Beetle family, another member, the Type 181 diametrically opposed it. A strictly utilitarian vehicle, the 181's design echoed that of the wartime K´┐Żbelwagen.

It went into production at the Hanover factory in 1970, and though initially 1500 powered, the engine was soon replaced by the 1600cc unit. The Type 181 became known as the Trekker in Europe, as the Thing in the US, and as the Safari in Mexico.

In 1973, production transferred to Mexico, and the car officially was imported into the US. Because of its military-like appearance and high ground clearance, 2000 were actually built for the German army in 1970.

Some also went to the Belgian and Dutch armed forces.

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