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Fearless Afrika Korps Officer
1973 'KubelThing' Type 181   Price: 9,500.00
I have decided to placed my rather unique 1973 'KubelThing' up for adoption. It originated in Mexico, where it was acquired by a retired US Army sniper, who used it as transportation at his summer home at the El Dorado Ranch in San Felipe, Baja CA (Mexico). He had it painted to resemble a German Afrika Korps Type 82 Kubelwagen.

I acquired it in October of 2014 and set about a number of mechanical restorations, prior to using it as a sort of Staffel Kommandowagen for my historical reenactment group's WW2 North African Aufklarung's unit (flying Fieseler Fi156 'Storch' light reconnaissance VSTOL aircraft). Its name is 'Otto', although not named after the 'Otto' Type 82 driven by Luftwaffe desert ace Hans-Joachim Marseilles.

Among the improvements are included a completely rebuilt (stock) engine and transmission (with original gearing), new brakes and many other upgrades. The car has new 15 x 5.5 inch steel VW rims shod with new 195/65R15 tires, and comes with a spare set of four 14 x 5.0 steel rims shod with nearly new 14 inch tyres. It also comes with several bins of spares (many of them new, such as several new carburetors, several reconditioned oil bath cleaners and extra new starters, etc., etc.), a new olive car cover, and has a new 'The Thing Shop' tan convertible roof/frame set, fitted with four new 'The Thing Shop' tan side curtains (it comes with the four original curtains as well). New shocks have been fitted all round. Also included are a number of technical manuals, books and supportive materials, as well as a thorough service, maintenance and work record documentation file. Among the unique features of 'Otto' is a genuine WW2 Luftwaffe Me262 'Hohenmesser' (altimeter), removed from one of those early jet fighters, and installed under the dashboard; there is a also a tachometer fitted. Accessory instrumentation is fitted (engine oil temp, cylinder temp, etc.). The seats and upholstery are excellent (very supportive, not worn out) and match the car's desert camou scheme. There are accessory 20 liter fuel ('Triebstoff') and ('Trinkwasser') water 'Jerry cans' secured back of the rear seat and two 10 liter fuel cans fitted to the left and right rear bumper, as well. All lights and instrumentation functions well. There is a stereo radio/CD player with speakers installed (that has a removable face so it doesn't detract from the 'Afrika Korp' theme). The only glitch is a fuel gauge that, despite Bosch fuel-sender and gauge replacement, refuses to indicate properly (there are spare fuel gauges/speed units included in the extra parts bins), so I keep tabs on fuel supply with small plastic analogue dial readout devices on the dash and refill the tank at about every 200 miles. The doors are fitted with lockable 'pouch covers'. Additionally, the car has a rare relic from the Kursk Salient theatre of the war (WW2), a genuine Wehrmacht good-luck horseshoe, attached to the right front panel in the accustomed manner (with arms 'up', no joke intended) and also a 1960s vintage 'US Armed Forces in Germany' military license plate affixed.

The title is free and clear. There is some body rust (floor pan on passenger side, notably), but what there is has been 'controlled' and left in its perfectly functional state. The appearance of the car overall remarkably resembles a vehicle that has been used in the desert campaign (as a touch of authenticity). Steering is tight and the car drives very well on the highway, with no strange quirks or unusual wandering tendencies. In short it is a perfectly delightful vehicle to drive and great fun (although gearing restricts top speed to about 65 mph (about 4200 RPM at 65 mph) to startle the country folk with.

This is NOT your Dad's pristine, fully restored from the ground-up, concours d'elegance 'Thing'. It IS a very unique and singular expression of the spirit that was embodied by the original vintage Type 82 military car and definitely attracts attention anywhere it goes.

On the hood is mounted a stock 14 inch tire as an emergency spare and under it is another, 15 inch spare wheel/tire. There is a complete but never used (by me) gas heater next to the spare, and fitted on the spare's wheel is an original VW .9 liter emergency spare fuel can (very expensive, if one is trying to find one!). Added to the front boot's contents are a tool kit, spare fan belt, jack and another (modern) spare fuel container.

This is a spectacular little beastie and I have been quite pleased with it. However, now that my Luftwaffe reenactment group has disbanded, I have decided to let some other Thing fanatic have it. The car comes with some Luftwaffe Afrika Korp uniforms (size MED) and a tan desert-camou painted Luftwaffe steel helmet ('stahlhelm', sized LRG).

I am asking $9,500.00 even for it, but will certainly consider offers (within reason). The car has always been kept (while under my ownership) under a covered and protected driveway, never driven in rain and it is a sweet match-up for some poor eccentric soul (like myself) who takes pride in his German heritage (and doesn't mind being slightly outrageous about it). I would unhesitatingly drive it anywhere (even through Death Valley) as it sits now and the engine/tranmission rebuild has less than 800 miles on it. All its maintenance while under my ownership has been carried out by a local professional VW shop.

If you fancy giving 'Otto' a new home, please give me a jangle. Tschüß, und Vielen Dank!
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