Editor’s note: David Krumboltz’s regular column is on hiatus until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, we’re running some of Dave’s favorite past columns. This one originally ran in October 2017.
Looking at the picture, one might wonder, “What is that thing?” That thing is a Thing, a Volkswagen model called the Thing.
It’s a goofy-looking vehicle that originated in the Nazi military that was known as a Kubelwagen. “Kubel” means “bucket,” so it would be a “bucket wagon.” It was sort of like a Jeep but bigger and with only rear-wheel drive. It had four removable doors, and the front and back doors could be exchanged. The rear seats could be folded down for extra cargo space, but it was one very basic set of wheels.
The Thing looks like a kit car some kid assembled in his backyard after responding to an ad with a coupon in Popular…