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The Volkswagen Type 181 off-road military vehicle was originally designed for the West German Army and was manufactured by Volkswagen from 1968 through 1983. Known in the US as the Thing, its popularity was immediately apparent and the model soon became available to the general public.
This charming example is an “Acapulco Thing,” one of very few created especially for the Las Brisas Resort in Acapulco, Mexico, and sporting special running boards, upholstery, paint themes, and a lovely striped surrey top. Restored between 2005 and 2006 with a full photographic record, this Acapulco Thing benefited from an engine rebuild including an increase in capacity to 1,835 cc and installation of dual carburetors. The current owner, who bought the Volkswagen in January 2010, immediately sent the Thing to renowned Willhoit Auto Restoration in Long Beach, California, where the suspension was completely rebuilt and four-wheel disc brakes were installed along with new wheels and tires. With the included invoice totaling almost $21,000, this is obviously one of the most beloved Things extant.
This fabulous Thing won First Place at the 2006 Wolfsburg West in Corona, California, Summerfest, and the 2006 Things at the Classic, and is accompanied by show placards from the events. Ready for new accolades or as a runaround at the beach or resort, this Thing is sure to charm all who encounter it.