It’s the end of the week! Let’s wrap it up by looking down at the VW Thing, but not metaphorically, because what kind of monster looks down on a Thing? It’s actually a pretty good bit of packaging--remember that’s a trunk up front, so all that sharp-cornered, corrugated area from the front bumper to the folded roof is for people, friendly animals, or stuff. It’s gloriously no-bullshit. 

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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I had one back in the late 1970's - it was a fun car as long as the weather was warm. I drove it on a trip from Atlanta - Hartford, CT - Detroit - Nashville - Atlanta in the fall of 1978 It was fun driving through New York City with the top down. I got a lot of funny reactions in Detroit - nobody knew exactly what it was.