These are few years old: the collection cards of EDITIONS ATLAS. I don't know if those were sold outside Europe, but in Belgium you can still buy secondhand very easily. On the front a picture and basic information, on the back some details. I found one of the 181, in Dutch.
from 1970... in the two languages (Dutch an French).
This picture was used in a French car magazine from 1970. Funky ladies in those days.
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...
A nice document is this 12 page brochure: a mix from technical data and testreports. One report is quite interesting... The testreport shows that there was interest from the Ugandan government, but in the end there was no deal.
Well, I know the where-abouts from 1 car in Uganda (12m deep under the water, at a divingresort).
If you have an old Bundeswehr 181, you got to have these: the TDv-manual. (TDv= Technische Dienstvorschriften Technical regulation). It' s like a standard manual but it has extra additions which explains the military options and the use of it in 124 pages. If you want one: keep an eye on Ebay.de.
I love that guy... and really want his job at Publications Dupuis NV.
From: Gust Flater / Gaston Lagaffe (album10)
The artist which drew this cartoon was Franquin. A Belgian illustrator. His work was a mix of Belgian and France influence (hence the policeman in French uniform, for those who know the cartoon).
Not much is known about vw 181 in Belgian military service, but they used a few of these cars at the Belgian airforce. Apparently, Franquin knew this and used this vehicle in his cartoon. He made a little mistake about the color, Belgian airforce used the standard olive instead of blue.