For Sale: 1972 Volkswagen Thing in Mesa, Arizona

Vehicle Description

This 1972 Volkswagen Thing has been given a full restoration with a careful eye for detail. So that means you get a rare and distinct classic that looks bold, runs strong, and feels fresh inside and out.

There's nothing else quite like the VW Type 181 Thing out there, and so they are instantly recognizable. And since they were only officially imported to the USA for two years, they are exceptionally rare. But nearly a half-century later, not all of these are presented equally. This one is a cut-above with a full restoration that is said to have taken place within the last year and its freshness really reinforces the feeling. The Blizzard White paint is a quality multi-stage PPG application for an extra durable shine. This one has more distinction with Slate Gray fenders, a matching hood, and tubular steel bumpers with bull bar and hood rack. The robust nature is exactly what you want on a Thing. After all, these were built for strong utility with a fold-down windshield, interchangeable doors, and ribbed body panels for extra strength. So we really do love these for combining the fun nature of the Beetle with the go-anywhere style of a Jeep. And more than just a rugged style, this restoration added some elegant substance with details like the LED headlights and a removable hardtop color matched to the gray. And the bronze wheels have a distinct look that adds to both the premium distinction while showing off the suspension's lifted nature.

There's an overall fit and finish to this Thing that proves they paid attention to the restoration of this car, right down to the body seams. It has an ultra-clean look with the reupholstered seats, classic VDO gauge, crisp four-speed shifter, and smooth steering wheel with Wolfsburg crest. Even the trunk up front is practically spotless. Newer wiring, seals, switches, and color-matched bed liner paint give this a hardy feeling that goes beyond just German engineering. And the full coco mats - including the rear shelf - are that right touch of class to really look great when open to the world.

Another place to show off on this one is the engine bay. This motor has the fresh look of a solid investment. The consignor states this was given a top-end upgrade to have a larger 1641cc flat-four. It also includes new dual port heads, intake, piston rings, carburetor, and electronic ignition. The full package has a show-worthy style where you're going to be hard-pressed to find a cleaner example out there. In fact, take a look at the undercarriage photos, where you see the kind of clean and complete suspension that tells you no part was overlooked. There's a long list of fresh components, including KYB shocks, tire rods, steering box, steering stabilizer, wheel bearings, master cylinder, and all four brakes. The result is a strong runner that also feels absolutely solid out on the road.

There are a ton more components to list on this complete restoration, so call for all the details. If the ultimate Thing is your thing, don't miss this restored and upgraded classic. Call today!!!

Based on the serial number, this is a 1974 Volkswagen Thing, although the title shows 1972.

Vehicle Details

  • 1972 Volkswagen Thing
  • Listing ID: CC-1578305
  • Price: $48,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Thing
  • Exterior Color:Blizzard White
  • Interior Color:White
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:29
  • Stock Number:2441-PHX
  • VIN:1842544078

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Streetside Classics - Phoenix
614 East Auto Center Drive Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85204
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