Got this press release picture in my mailbox today, straight from Italy. It shows the first 181 aka the prototype. It is dated august 69 on the back. It shows some features that later production models didn't have: 1 rib under the doors, no stamped out base for the VW logo, 7 vents for the air intake, ... but one feature is very specific for the first 181: the doors with sharp corners. And that car does look good with black rims and chromed hubcaps.
If someone could give an explanation what that strange thing above the front fender could be, shout!