Very, Very Low Volkswagen Thing

Remember the really, really low Volkswagen Transporter? When you get used to driving a bus that low, it just makes sense to add a Thing to your collection and make it even lower... and when you've dropped it down onto the pavement, then you convert it to right-hand drive. That's what this air-cooled Alameda madman has done here, and the result makes quite an impression.

Very, Very Low Volkswagen Thing


Is it a US-market Thing, a European military Type 181, a Mexican Safari? I sure as hell can't tell you, but it parks on the street and drives regularly (trailing showers of sparks on even the smallest roadway imperfections).

Very, Very Low Volkswagen Thing


As you can see, I shot this last fall. Leaves, squirrels, seagull shit... but who cares?

Very, Very Low Volkswagen Thing


Sadly, this 181's owner also has plain ol' California plates in addition to the Armed Forces 1954 plates.