On july 13 1973 Ralph Nader, an advisor of a US Senate subcommittee on car safety, wrote a raport to ban further importation and sale of the vw Thing because it does not comply with federal safety standards for passengers cars.
A Car Safety group, represented by Lowell Dodge, gave its Annual Automotive Engeneering Malpractice Award to Volkswagen of America. They considered the car unsafe. Dodge: "The center's criticism of the Thing is not based on tests, but on common sense". A VW employee asked that: "the award be recalled because several of the people handling it got splinters". Great remark, in my opinion!
Other cars, approved under the same designation as multi-purpose and which had the same safety-standards requirements as the Thing, were no problem for the US Government. Offcourse, these cars were all made in the US.
Soon more details: the answer from VW to Ralph Nader
and what do we have here... a handy German.
Dropped, chopped and suicidedoors. With red scallops to add a little flavour.
This one is for sale on Ebay.de. If you like it, be quick.
The production of the 181 started in 1969 and ended in 1980.
Did you ever wonder why the 181 was only on the US market in '73-'74 ?
Later more details of the THING-tragedy!
In 1969 the W181 was the most expensive VW in the catalogue. Sales figures in Europe weren't that high so they dropped the price. It became even cheaper than a lame beetle convertible. This car was realy misunderstood and underappreciated.
Prices are in Belgian franks, by the way...
Made a few years ago on a MDF-panel... I like it and want one on my mantlepiece (1,5m by 2m if possible but smaller will do)
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