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Ice pick Pre-1964 exterior door handles that swing out to open, versus the push button style that attached to the door on the front and rear end.

Iltis The Iltis is just about the last vehicle from the Porsche brood that can be called a Kübelwagen. Also known as the Type 183, it is water-cooled.
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Industrial Engine VW engine used for industrial purposes, for example: a water pump for fire duty.  It often included a way to crank the engine via a crank nut and crank handle.  Most included a governor and/or throttle positioner so the engine could be run at a consistent rpm for an extended period of time. 

Innenrückspiegel German: "rear-view mirror". 

Interior Term referring to the collective of a car's headliner, seats, upholstery, carpet, armrests, dashboard, door panels, etc.

Iron Slang for sheet metal body panels.

Iron Cross Popular symbol in VW related parts and imagery. 

History:
In 1813, the Iron Cross was established as a military honor in Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars.

It was awarded again in 1870 in the Franco-Prussian War and then in 1914 in World War I.

Adolf Hitler again restored the award in 1939.  The award was for bravery in battle as well as other military contributions (e.g. planning).

IRS Independent Rear Suspension.  Indicating that the left and right rear suspension travel independently of each other. Associated with vehicles having constant velocity (CV) joints as opposed to vehicles with a Swingaxle suspension

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