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Volkswagen Type 181
Debut Series 2009 New Models
Produced 2009 - Present
Designer Jun Imai
Number N4020
Type181 nm 09 LF Thomas.jpg


Description

The Volkswagen Type 181 "Kurierwagen" (German for "Messenger Car"), popularly known in the United Kingdom as the Trekker (Type 182 in all right-hand drive markets), 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 Beetle Type I, and was a continuation and improvement over the Kübelwagen, which had been used by the German military during World War II. Like the Beetle upon which it was based, the Volkswagen Type 181 it is rear-engined with an air-cooled engine.

In 2016, the tooling for the Type 181 was changed while the Volkswagen 5-Pack was being produced. In the middle of the production run, the Type 181's bumpers were made to be part of the base; due to that, it is possible to find two variants of the pack, where the Type 181 has either metal or plastic bumpers.

Versions

The Volkswagen Type 181 has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color / Top Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
017/190 2009 2009 New Models
17/42
Satin Tan / Black Roof Orange, Red and Silver taillights, Silver headlights, and logo on hood Chrome
/
Plastic
Clear Black OH5 N4020 Malaysia Base Code(s): B02 1974 VW Type.jpg
017/190 2009 2009 New Models
17/42
Orange / Tan Roof Orange, Red and Silver taillights, Silver headlights, and logo on hood Chrome
/
Plastic
Clear Black OH5 N4020 Malaysia Base Code(s): B12 Volkswagen Type 181 - 9569df.jpg
017/190 2009 2009 New Models
17/42
Blue / Black Roof Orange, Red and Silver taillights, Silver headlights, and logo on hood Chrome
/
Plastic
Clear Grey OH5 N4020 Malaysia Base Code(s): Vwthing blue.JPG
017/190 2009 2009 New Models
17/42
Blue / Black Roof Orange, Red and Silver taillights, Silver headlights, and logo on hood Chrome
/
Plastic
Clear Grey 5SP N4020 Malaysia Base Code(s): B43

Pink window variation

Vwthing blue 5sp.JPG
150/244 2011 Faster Than Ever
10/10
Satin Antifreeze / Black Roof Greenish Gold w/ Black stripes, Detailed headlights and logo Grey
/
Plastic
Tinted Black FTE T9857 Malaysia Base Code(s): D06, D07, D13, D14 VWThing FTE Anti.JPG
150/244 2011 Faster Than Ever
10/10
Metalflake Copper / Black Roof White w/ Black stripes, Detailed headlights and logo Grey
/
Plastic
Tinted Black FTE2 V5211 Malaysia Base Code(s): D30, D37 10de10 volkswagen type 181 faster than ever '11 e.jpg
2012 Hot Wheels Boulevard: Underdogs Flat Olive few Detail; cross on sides; SKU from first and Boulevard release on front Bumper ZAMAC Clear Green Chrome Rim OliveDDRR W4644 Malaysia Base Code(s): 519T72+J5-L.jpg
2016 Volkswagen 5-Pack Red / Black Roof Black detailing and Hot Wheels logo on sides Grey
/
Plastic
Clear Black Chrome-Rim, Black MC5 DJD20 Thailand Base code(s): J02 VW Type 181 - 16 VW 5PK verA 600pxDM.jpg
2016 Volkswagen 5-Pack Red / Black Roof Black detailing and Hot Wheels logo on sides Grey
/
Plastic
Clear Black Chrome-Rim, Black MC5 DJD20 Thailand Updated tooling
Base code(s): J23
VW Type 181 - 16 VW 5PK verB 600pxDM.jpg

2009 card

From the back of the 2009 card:

Born: 1972
Birthplace: Wolfsburg, Germany
Designer: Volkswagen Group
Specialty: With an exposed rear engine and rounded headlights, this "Thing" was made for every "type" of utility work.

Gallery

External Links

Volkswagen 5-Pack: VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 181

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