This 1973 Volkswagen Thing is 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
goes for a correct and original style presentation, which means it
shows its flaws. Even the correct bold orange was resprayed later
in life, but it has the kind of aged-in style that will make many
people think it's original. But while the value price can leave
room in your budget for upgrades and upgrades, there's already
something undeniably charming about a VW that seems to be so
authentic. After all, its correct rocker stripe not only matches
the roof, but it also is a reminder that even your local VW dealer
called this The Thing.
Side curtains and a 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 are both easy and economical. Of course, it's hard
not to have a little fun with a car called The Thing, and so this
one has a thick orange faux fur on the transmission tunnel and the
rear seat. And on the practical side are some worthwhile upgrades
like high-back bucket seats and an input to plug your music player
into weather-resistant marine speakers.
The real heart of the go anywhere at any time feeling comes from
the familiar air-cooled VW motor. It's no surprise that the Thing
shares many components with the Beetle so it has a similar
reputation for a rugged drivetrain and easy maintenance. This is
linked to the sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission,
which allows you to get the most out of the motor. It feels airy
and nimble on the road, and you even have upgraded front disc
brakes. But this is truly built to be capable when the pavement
ends, too. The Thing's higher ground clearance works nicely in
conjunction with the improved traction from the rear-mounted
engine, so there is true function within the unique form.
Volkswagen only sold these to the USA for two years. So this is a
rare opportunity at a strong-running and highly authentic example
of a very cool VW. Call now!
1973 Volkswagen Thing
Location:Concord, North Carolina
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