He was probably only 18 too!My bold.
Like many of that vehicle's family, they took a bit of getting used to. The drivers view was chronic. Everything inside the vehicle was sharp edged or pointy and guaranteed to cause scarring. The power steering was a bit slack, 2" or so of free play and hissed as you turned the wheel, and after turning you had to work on the wheel to get it straight again, it had a negative caster, so unlike a car it doesn't centralise itself.
The left foot pedal in the 'Clutch' position, wasn't like a normal clutch either. You manually selected a gear in advance and when you wanted that gear you banged down hard on that pedal and released it, and the gear change occured ready for selection of the next gear. If you are a bit wimpy on the pedal push, it fires back at you sending your left knee behind your ear.
A nice tight bend in a German village and a weak push of that pedal is when all the trouble starts.