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For Sale: 1974 Volkswagen Thing in O'Fallon, Illinois

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Vehicle Description

Gateway Classic Cars Houston showroom is excited to offer for sale this unique 1974 Volkswagen Thing. The "Thing" is technically a Volkswagen Type 181 but was marketed in the U.S. from 1973-1974 as the "Thing". The Type 181 is a two-wheel drive, four-door, convertible, on/off-road, military type vehicle manufactured by Volkswagen from 1968 to 1983. Originally developed for the West German Army, the Type 181 was also sold to the public as the Kurierwagen in West Germany, the Trekker in the United Kingdom (in right hand drive), The Thing in the United States (1973-74), the Safari in Mexico and South America, and Pescaccia in Italy. Powered by a 1650CC boxer four and 4-speed manual transmission that are believed to be original, this VW Thing isn't going to win many races on the road; but that's not what a Thing is all about...rugged, reliable transportation with few gimmicks to go wrong, the Thing is designed to move people securely and efficiently even through terrain you wouldn't attempt in a mere car. This Type 181 has some unique features that you'll not find on many, if any at all, others. For starters, it has four-wheel disc brakes with a Primus Proportional Braking Controller, and power front seats with built in heater feature. The cloth interior is in good condition, and closely matches the blue areas of the exterior paint. The two-tone exterior paint is in decent shape and helps this VW Thing stand out at VW gatherings. It rides on aluminum alloy wheels that are shod with a set of P185/65R15 Michelin Defender radials, which appear to have lots of life left in them. The driver will be pleased to have the additional gauges that this VW Thing sports, because having both oil pressure and oil temperature gauges are a huge benefit when you're tooling around in any vehicle with an air-cooled engine. The beige vinyl top and window panels are in very good shape, and appear to provide good sealing against the elements, if you choose to "go enclosed"...however, most will prefer to enjoy this as a convertible, because it's one of the most entertaining convertibles out there. Speaking of entertaining, this 1974 VW Thing for sale has a Kenwood Excelon AM/FM/CD head unit that features many new ways of delivering tunes to the occupants (iHeart radio, HD Radio, Pandora, XM, Bluetooth) through the multiple speaker sound environment. Additional features and options on this 1974 Volkswagen Thing for sale include Aluminum Alloy Wheels, AM/FM/CD Radio, Cloth Interior, Heated Seats (heater not tested), Manual Convertible Top, Radial Tires, and Seat belts. For more information on this 1974 Volkswagen Thing for sale, to see all the HD pictures and videos of it, copy the URL below, and see it at this direct link: . Alternatively, if you want to see it in person, come to our Houston Showroom, located at 1910 Cypress Station Dr, Bldg 200, Houston, TX 77090. You may also call the showroom at (832) 243-6220 or email us at [email protected]

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1434530
  • Price:$18,000
  • Location:O'Fallon, Illinois
  • Year:1974
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Thing
  • Exterior Color:Offwhite/Blue
  • Interior Color:Blue
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:60236
  • Stock Number:HOU1908
  • VIN:GCCHOU1908