The first 181 rolling of the assembly line.
This is it: a rare picture of the first 181 that was shown to the public. At the Internationale Automobile Ausstellung of Frankfurt. (notice the short rib in the front quarter)
I think it's time to clear things out. On Ebay I often see those unique VW 181 wheel blocks for sale. And often those are not VW 181 wheel blocks but Iltis/Bombardier blocks. So a picture of both: on the top a wrong one, in the bottom picture correct VW 181 blocks. These have a VW logo stamped in and a parts number that starts with 181...
Some pictures from 181s in service... okay, not really action shots on manouvres but these cars were made for support, carrier or liaison duties.
From the 1969 VW technical map:6 colors: Steppenbeige, salmonred, ivy green, toga white, oliv and the M63 (Bundeswehr color)
This poor man couldn't afford a 'safari' (or his wife didn't let him buy one) so he painted it on his little bus.