Known by several names - VW Thing (USA), VW Safarin (Mexicio), VW Camat (Indonesia), VW Trekker (UK), the VW 181 was produced in several countries since 1968 until it’s end in 1983.
The model that was produced for the German military was kept frugal with many spares that were from the VW Beetle. This SUV had doors that were not not only removable but also were interchangeable. Her payload capacity being only 400 kg, this model was used by the military for varied purposes – patrol, postal, radio and command vehicle.
First produced in 1969, over 15,000 were supplied to the West German army for nearly a decade. Others were supplied to a host of governmental agencies including civic services such as fire, postal and civil defence. Border guards too used them.
However for the military most of the vehicle came equipped with rifle mounting pad, towing hook, covers for headlamps, front skid plate, tyre chains, spare fuel can, etc. This model became so famous that armies from Denmark, Austria, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, etc. purchased them in large numbers. Some of these models can still be seen in military parades.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|