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Volkswagen 181 'The Thing'


Produced: 1969-1978
Volkswagen 181  02 (1969)
An unusual vehicle was the VW 181 built for the German army but also sold to the public.  This was a terrain vehicle but with rear-wheel drive only.  The body was not unlike that of the Kubelwagen of the war.  The first examples had a 1,493 cc engine from the Beetle but after 1 August 1970, the 1,584 cc engine was also available.  It produced 44 bhp and when the four-cylinder engine was used, power increased to 54 bhp.
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1584ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)85mm x 69mm0
1493ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)83mm x 69mm0

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
R/RWormIndependent/Torsion barIndependent/Torsion bar


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