This 1973 Volkswagen Thing is a highly original and quite an
affordable rare treat. So if you like cool and classic VW culture,
this is just The Thing.
Volkswagen's Type 181 really took the Beetle's rugged persona to
the max. The panels are ribbed for strength; there's a higher
off-road ground clearance; and the removable doors are
interchangeable front and rear for the ultimate in utility. The
windshield even folds down like a Jeep. In fact, while its full
history goes back to VW's initial German roots, the look of the
Thing is as fun and functional as a Willys Jeepster. This example
is highly original, which means it shows its flaws. But there's
also something undeniably charming about a VW that seems to be so
authentic, right down to its rocker stripe showing that even your
dealer called this The Thing.
Side curtains and a nice tan folding top allow you to button up
this car. But really, this was the VW that was made to be enjoyed
open to the world. Just like the exterior, the interior is about
rugged utility. Plus, as many components as possible were shared
with the Beetle. So replacing the steering wheel, gear shift, VDO
gauge, and other essentials is both easy and economical. VW fans
know how distinct the heater mechanism is on this vehicle, which
makes it great to have all the main components in place here. While
this is highly original presentation, you'll also notice some
worthwhile investments. Newer seat covers keep this one
comfortable, and liner paint on the floor is quite handy. And the
full roll cage adds strength and security.
In the rear is what makes this so appealing. Because while the
Thing is a unique and rare machine, it has the hardy and
mass-produced heart of the Beetle. So it has the familiar 1600cc
motor flat-four setup. There have even been nice investments in
2015 that included maintenance on the electrical system, steering
box, starter, rebuilt carb, and Pertronix ignition. So it runs
strong like a proper VW, and it drives well. There's even a nice
tune out of the performance exhaust. The robust setup, control of
the four-speed, and the traction advantage of the engine over the
rear driving wheels makes this surprisingly versatile and
absolutely fun to drive.
Volkswagen only sold these to the USA for two years, and the
consignor states that the odometer reflects actual mileage
(averaging under 1,600 annually.) So this is a strong-running and
highly original example of a very cool VW. Call now!