The Better Half took this (clickable) image on our way out to do some shopping this morning. The VW Thing has been out of print for a long time and this one looked to be in near-new condition. Ragtops don’t last too long in the desert, so I think this might be a new top.
I looked The Thing up on Wikipedia:
The Volkswagen Type 181 was a two-wheel drive, four-door, convertible, off-road, military vehicle manufactured by Volkswagen from 1968 to 1983 (only 16 pre-produced units during 1968 though). Originally developed for the West German Army, the Type 181 was also sold to the public, as the Kurierwagen in West Germany, the Trekker (RHD Type 182) in the United Kingdom, the Thing in the United States (1973-1974), and the Safari in Mexico. Civilian sales ended after model year 1980.
Manufactured in Wolfsburg,West Germany (1968–1974), Hannover,West Germany (1974–1983), Puebla, Mexico (1970–1980), and Jakarta, Indonesia (1973–1980), the Type 181 shared some of its mechanicals with Volkswagen’s Type 1 (Beetle) and the pre-1968 Volkswagen Microbus, and the floorpan of the Type1 Karmann-Ghia, and its concept with the company’s Kübelwagen, which had been used by the German military during World War II.