There's something wonderfully silly about naming a car "Thing". What is that thing? Yes. That's what it is. Unless you're in the UK or some other country, in which case your VW Type 181 might be labeled a Trekker or Safari or what have you. Safari? Where I come from, that's a GMC van or a Pontiac wagon, not a Volkswagen. While that name may be just as apropos for an open-topped four-door car based on the WWII-era Kubelwagen that would look at home on the African plains, it doesn't sound nearly as playful as calling the boxy little vehicle the Thing.
Type 2 Microbus, Type 3 Squareback, Karmann Ghia, Meyers Manx dune buggy and Lord knows how many fiberglass kit cars including the Bradley GT. Things were only sold for a few years in the United States, from 1971 to 1974. Increased safety standards doomed them to history, and rust eventually took care of many that arrived here. These are still popular on the coast among surfers and sun worshippers, and many parts can still be sourced to keep them going since the mechanicals and a number of body parts are Bug items.
photos on Jalopnik of this same vehicle with an equally curious fiberglass hardtop in place, so the one in my pictures is likely reserved for sunny weather. The two child safety seats in the back are an interesting touch. I can't imagine a VW Thing being especially safe for small children, but I don't doubt they have a blast every time Daddy and Mommy take them for a drive. If that instills a lifelong love of cars at that tender age, they've done well.