A lesson in French grammar today: The Thing in french is le Thing !
A Canadian brochure, how rare must that be?
Even at its launch, they knew it: it is an beautiful ugly car! We only can affirm that... driving our reliable 70ties style icon.
(Popular Mechanics magazine, february 1974)
With thanks to Mr. Hilty, New Richmond for the link:
De Schakel (Art and Theatre Centre) feat. colorfull 181
... the US style.
A postcard straight from the seventies!
Now for sale on Ebay: a parts list, with exploded views, all the parts numbers, options, available color codes,...
The list is from 1970 and an update from 1972 was added. This is only the third book I have encountered in all those years I am searching among 181 collectors and the internet. Be quick... if you are interested!
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!