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The Volkswagen 181 was a two-wheel drive, four door, convertible Jeep-alternative originally developed for the West German Army. It finally landed in the States in the early 70s where it got the name Volkswagen Thing and developed an almost cult-like status over the years. The weird and quirky vehicle is part truck, part Beetle and all around fun to drive, which led to its incredible popularity as a rental adventure vehicle. This Modified 1974 Volkswagen Thing was completely restored from the ground up with literally everything you’d want in a Thing rebuild. There’s a bright yellow paint job, brand new black soft top, roll cage, bucket seats, new bumpers and chrome 15″ wheels. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1,776cc flat-four completely rebuilt with new parts, a PerTronix electronic ignition, GEX Pro Sand IRS four-speed manual transaxle and an upgraded exhaust. The Modified 1974 Volkswagen Thing is up for auction on Bring a Trailer with the current high bid of $17,500. The auction ends this afternoon, so get your bids in now if you’re interested.

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Whether you’re talking about their knives, everyday carry gear or collaborative pieces, every single thing that bears The James Brand name is built-to-last, incredibly useful and purposefully designed. While we’re incredibly fond and reliant on all of their options, The Elko–their most minimal pocket knife–is our current favorite. Designed to attach to your keychain / EDC with the included titanium keychain, this small but mighty Swedish 12C27 stainless steel blade with anodized aluminum handles is the perfect tiny blade for all your everyday needs. If your EDC doesn’t include The Elko, you’re missing out, so get yours today.