One of the Original Three Type
181 Websites on the Internet
issue of "Thing Stuff"
Type 181 with a
1992 Chevy 3.1L V-6 Engine
Type 4 Install and KTE 2003
Read about it in Thing Stuff
What is the Type 181 World Wide Registry
And Who Are We
What we are not
is the now defunct Thing Registry of Riverside, California!
The Type 181
World Wide Registry is the result of the phenomenal growth and
success of The Pacific Northwest Thing Association and Things
West. It was apparent that when over 60% of our members were from
outside the west that the terms "Northwest" and "West"
were no longer truly representative of our membership. With interest
growing in our 24-32 page newspaper and our reputation of being
a very active group of participatory Thing enthusiasts, membership
increased 600% in the first 14 months. We are now the largest
Type 181 organization in the world with members from 18 countries
and 49 of the United States. (Still looking for a Thinger from
The purpose of The Type 181 World Wide
Registry is to promote the preservation and enjoyment of the Volkswagen
Type 181 and 182 throughout the world. Although we hold no formal
meetings, membership does provide the opportunity to participate
in various scheduled Type 181 activities of your choosing. We
network through our newspaper "Thing Stuff", we host
annual Kubeltreffen-Americas and Thing Flings, and sponsor activities
like cruises, parades, day tours and the occasional overnight
tour. Our activities are made possible by our network of volunteer
Event Coordinators throughout the country. Our members also
receive discounts at participating VW businesses.
Join with these other Type 181 and 182
owners from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel,
Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden,
United Arab Emerites and the United States
The Type 82/181/182
Thing, Kubelwagon, Safari, Trekker, 'Mehrzweckwagen'
Scrapbook of over
260 Type 181's belonging to proud owners around the World
181 Registry Member's Show and Shine
Wild, Weird and Kool
Register your Type 181 or
Thing, Kubelwagen, Safari, Trekker, 'Mehrzweckwagen'
This is the Original Type
181 Web Registry
We are a long standing, reputable
organization that was one of the first three
Type 181 Sites on the Internet.
And, we are the only one where you can see the results of your
These statistics are published here for your edification and enjoyment.
(What do the others do with the information you provide?)
You may also inquire into the history of your car (that's why
the VIN # is crucial)
Your input is transmitted over a secure server SSL so the information
you provide is safe.
We do not pass on or sell this data to other individuals or businesses.
We have been compiling a comprehensive list of remaining Type
181s since 1996.
If you own a Type 181, Type 182 or a Type 82 please Register your
There is no charge for
your car now.
the data in the registry
The World's Oldest and
Largest Type 181 Web Classifieds
Type 181, Type 182
and Type 82's
Vehicles, Parts and Accessories
Cars & Parts Wanted
Got something to sell? Check
our Wanted Listings
Want a Thing or need a part? Check our For Sale Listings
or place a FREE For Sale or Want Ad
In the never ending quest for
fairness for our members, and all Type 181 owners, we have identified
a problem that is unique to our community. When some of
our members were unfortunate enough to experience an accident
that involved our cars we found that many claims adjustors were
ignorant of the worth of this unique vehicle. The most common
complaint is that some claims adjustors are under the impression
that all air cooled Volkswagens are Bugs and will write the car
off as a total loss if the damage exceeds $600-$800. In
an effort to help those who may experience this horror in the
future we are compiling information, files, and statistics that
can be made available to those that may require it. (See Jerry
Kempe's extensive article in "Thing Stuff".)
Claims Information Form
If you have recently sold, purchased or concluded an insurance
claim procedure we would appreciate your completing this form
so that others will have the information necessary to argue for
a fair settlement of their claim. This information will only be
made available if required to improve the accident claim settlement
of a fellow Thing Owner.
Northwest Thing Association Monthy Cruises
Beach, WAshington Loyalty Day Parade
San Diego VW Thing Club events
VW Kübel-Klub Deutschland Events
vw kever club Belgium Events
Type 181 Mailing
Thing Grams are informational
emails provided by The Registry approximately
every other month. They are not digests and not meant to
be a chat room or
bulletin board for Type 181 owners. The purpose of these
Thing Grams is to encourage
Type 181 Owners to use their cars and support various Thing events
throughout the world.
This is a non-invasive, sparingly used list to help you enjoy
your Type 181.
There are 2,385 subscribers to these Thing Grams as of May 22,
VW Thing Owners Digest
This is a daily digest (bulletin board) whose purpose is to provide
an exchange of
information between Type 181 Owners worldwide. It is an excellent
answering your technical questions about our cars and just socializing
Thingers on the internet. It is available as individual
emails or in digest form.
Most subscribers take the digest form as the amount of mail can
There are 793 subscribers to this digest.
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