If you're a fan of vintage Japanese cars, be sure to check out Nissan's online heritage site. There are tons of vintage Nissan pics and specs going all the way back to the 1920s. Each featured car or truck has relevant specs and a little "detail" tab that gives some background on that specific car.
The Volkswagen Kombi van reached iconic status, with even a school lunch box fashioned in its image. During those early years, the Volkswagen Microbus morphed into various forms. From a cargo carrier with no windows behind the driver's seat to a windowed passenger van with three rows of seats, the possibilities seemed endless.
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For the right person, this is just The Thing! But puns aside, the 1974 Volkswagen Type 181 (AKA Thing ) is one of those cool factory variations on the Beetle that utilized its bulletproof engineering to the max. As a result, these are both highly useful and a rapidly appreciating classic. The Thing is very memorable, but it was only officially imported for two years. Thats why you dont see too many of them out in the classic car circles. These were originally built purely for function. Those ribs in the straight metal panels provide added strength; the windshield folds down like a Jeep; and all four doors are removable and interchangeable. But just like the original Beetle, we found a personality in all of this purpose. The bright orange paint adds to this cars charm. Plus, it looks nice against the brand new tan soft top. You see plenty of hints of the Beetle in the bright headlights, door handles, cluster taillights, and classic wheel covers. So just like the Beetle, everyone cant help but smile when they see a complete Thing like this one roll down the road. Inside, fresh black seats look good against the orange paint. And since these even coordinate with the black bumpers, this one has a great color coordination with the top up or down. The basic elements are easily recognizable from other parts of the VW lineup, including the single VDO gauge pod. And while the steering wheel was upgraded, the Wolfsburg center cap keeps it looking proper. The whole interior is built to be rugged and fun exactly what you want in a carefree classic. So youre always ready to hop in on a whim, and even everyday errands look like a run to the beach. The real heart of the go anywhere at any time feeling comes from the familiar air-cooled VW motor. Its no surprise that the Thing shares many components with the Beetle so it has a similar reputation for a rugged drivetrain and easy maintenance. This is linked to the sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission, which allows you to get the most out of the motor. It feels airy and nimble on the road, but this is truly built to be capable when the pavement ends, too. The Things higher ground clearance works nicely in conjunction with the improved traction from the rear-mounted engine, so there is truly function within the unique form. The Type 181 Thing is one of those great cars that has a breezy nature but is backed up by solid engineering. Its an easy to own and easy to love appreciating classic...and if youre quick enough, it can be all yours. Call today!!!
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