1970 Volkswagen Type 181 Pescaccia


  • Recently restored bodywork and new bottoms
  • New soft top replaced a year ago
  • Original mileage
  • Always garage-kept
  • Rare 4-wheel drive model from the first series

The Attractions

Just like the Kübelwagen - the German answer to the Jeep Willys during World War II - the Volkswagen Type 181 used the classic Volkswagen platform with engine and rear-wheel drive to great effect off-road. One was amazed to discover how capable a lightweight car with a flat underbody and with most of the weight and traction on the same axle could be.

Marketed as the 'Trekker', 'Thing' and 'Pescaccia' in Italy, the 181 was as popular a beach car as the Mini Moke and Fiat Jolly. This 1970 example has the distinction of having recently received major restoration work.

The soft top was replaced just a year ago and the period-correct interior presents itself very well.

With a well-documented history of scrupulous maintenance, this VW, always kept in the garage, is a truly remarkable specimen capable of standing out in any collection.

History and Documentation

  • Registered in 1970
  • Revisione valid until April 2025
  • The seller informs us that it has always been kept in the garage
  • The seller reports that the odometer reading is guaranteed
  • Well documented history


  • Bodywork recently restored and finished to a high standard
  • Straight panels without signs of corrosion
  • Wheels and tyres in excellent shape
  • Bottoms have been replaced
  • Green paintwork presents itself impeccably with no visible imperfections to note
  • Spartan black interior appears in excellent condition
  • New soft top replaced a year ago
  • Removable upper door sections are in good condition
  • Eberspächer petrol heater


  • Air-cooled four-cylinder engine of 1,500 cm³
  • 4-speed manual gearbox
  • Regularly maintained and described as being in very good condition
  • Everything in the engine compartment seems to be in good condition
  • The seller informs us that the vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1970
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model 181
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 98,870 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1300
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
3 bids
  • clarke.•••• €1,500 18/06/24
  • JimJam2•••• €250 18/06/24
  • equinox•••• €100 16/06/24
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