Yes, the Thing really was a thing, and it could even make a comeback.
Just as Volkswagen will revive its Microbus on the upcoming MEB electric vehicle architecture, it may also bring back the VW Thing as an EV.
VW brand boss Herbert Diess this month said a new version of the Kuebelwagen, a German military vehicle from World War II, is being kicked around. VW brought back the basic Kuebelwagen design once before — in 1969 as the Type 181 for the West German armed forces. But it was also offered as a civilian vehicle. In the U.S., it was sold as the Thing, albeit briefly, from 1973 to 1974 — complete with the wacky VW advertising of the day.