Last year, I posted this 12p. brochure (see the 'literature'-list), and from that i quote: "The spare wheel that is stowed in the front would act as an impact absorber in the case of a head on collision thus adding to the safety of the vehicle occupants". So the maker of that ad below is wrong, the 181 is safe... very safe! I bet Ralph Nader didn't took a look in the front trunk.
This is a rather funny reproduction of those no-nonsense VW ads from the 60's. Made me smile... so that's good.
Today, a friend/modelcarseller offered me this model. It looks like an old Strombecker model but it seems brand new. On the bottomside a small sticker indicates "Industrias Alsi" ... Mexico.