A lot in the picture lately: the latin-american 181 clone. A one piece body that fits a beetle chassis.
We all know the famous US Thing accessories brochure but there was also a Mexican brochure with some nice accssories for the Safari! I do like the mudflaps. Enjoy this lovely list à la Mexicaine:
A very rare version was the 181 pick up. Only made (and probably only sold) in Mexico. The difference with a common 181/Thing was the lack of the canvas top. Instead the 181 pickup got a short hardtop and some wooden fencing in the back. It ain't no beauty but if it does the job...
I never saw a genuine surviving 181 pickup but I have the feeling this one is as good as it can get:
A bit of a shock for me: an Acapulco with WOB license plates! So at least one of these exotic cars made it to Germany.
Changing mood... change the car.
This good looking Acapulo is for sale and it comes with a variety of tops: the surey (original Acapulco), the standard VW (although this one looks to be an after market one) and the bikini top (after market or self made).
A shame they used the US dealer "Thing" striping together with the Acapulco colors. You never should mix those two themes... but hey, it wouldn't bother me that much if they put that car on my drive way.
The BundesGrenzschutz (German border patrol) used a few vw 181... to scare off the ones on the other side, I suppose. You might not notice it at first but those BGS-181 had a rather surprising feature: they had extra windows in the soft top! I have never seen these on other 181.