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Old 06-17-2011, 10:55 PM
Lee68 Lee68 is offline
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Default What is that THING!?

Matchbox's VW Thing!

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Old 06-18-2011, 10:16 AM
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Default Type 181...

... and find out
Nostalgia is history removed of the burdensome weight of reality.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:10 PM
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Has it really been that long ago? The Volkswagen Type 181 "Kurierwagen", popularly known in the United Kingdom as the Trekker (Type 182 in RHD form), in the United States as the Thing, and in Mexico as the Safari, was a small military vehicle produced by Volkswagen from 1969 to 1983, although civilian sales stopped in 1980. It was based in part on Volkswagen's Type 1 (Beetle), and was a continuation and improvement over the Kübelwagen, which had been used by the German military during World War II. The name Kübelwagen literally translates as "bucket car". The "Thing" had primarily a fiberglass body on a Beetle chassis, which meant it might look like a Jeep but could get stuck easily! It rode hard, handled poorly, had almost no safety features, and was popular with kids who were convinced they would live forever. Today they are considered by some to be collectible and are kind of eye-catching. I think Matchbox has caught the spirit of the Thing quite well. Thanks for the picture, Lee68.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:24 PM
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Hot Wheels have also released this model with the top up.

It would make an interesting companion to the MB version.
Cheers Chris
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:47 PM
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A military museum in Quincy, Illinois, has a German military "Thing."

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