VW Type 181 ‘Thing’ (USA) Kurierwagon (Germany)
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Volkswagon Type 181 1969-78 specifications
Engine (type 14)
Flat 4 cylinder boxer, OHV, air cooled
Displacement: 1,493cc
Bore & Stroke: 85.5mm x 69mm
Compression ratio: 6.6 to 1
Carburettor: Solex 30 PICT-1
Power: 44 (32kw) at 4,000rpm

Maximum speed: 110km/h (68mph)
0-80km/h (50mph): 16secs
OFC: 17.7 L/100km


4-speed manual, rear wheel drive

Front: trailing arms, torsion bars, rear: trailing & diagonal arms, torsion bars

Hydraulic, drums front & rear

Worm and roller

Wheels & Tyres
355mm (14in) pressed steel 5 stud,
165 x 560 tyres

All steel body on Kharmann Ghia Type 14 steel chassis

Dimensions & Weight
Wheelbase: 2,400mm
Track front: 1,324, rear: 1,416mm
Overall length: 3,780mm
Overall width: 1,640mm
Overall height: 1,620in
Ground clearance: 205mm
Kerb weight: 900kg
Fuel tank: 40L (8.8 UK gals)

Type 181 Production
1969-78: 70,395 built