For Sale: 1973 Volkswagen Thing in Rogers, Minnesota

Vehicle Description

This 1973 Volkswagen Thing has the super cool look of a dune buggy with fantastic upgrades that give it the drivability of a real car. While the first Things started selling in 1972, the origin of these unique automobiles date back a few years earlier. The Thing started out in 1969 as an updated version of the "Kubelwagen" which was the German military's version of the Jeep at the time. So that Volkswagen didn't have to create an entirely new set of parts for its new vehicle, it opted to use parts from its existing product lines. The drivetrain components were borrowed from the Beetle and the suspension came from VW's Type II Transporter. The resulting vehicle was deemed the Type 181 (or 182 for right-hand drive models) and would be known as "The Thing" when sold in the United States. Although the Thing was designed in Germany, Volkswagen actually manufactured them in Mexico and then they were imported into the US for American consumers. With just 28,930 Things produced between the two years of production of 1973 and 1974, seeing a Thing on the road or at your local car show is a rarity. The rear-mounted 1600cc Inline 4 cylinder engine on the Thing is paired with a single barrel carburetor and pushed out 46 horsepower in its day. Taking this Thing for a ride is blast because the 1.6L engine is hooked up to a 4 speed manual transmission with a floor mounted shifter. Exhaust exits the air-cooled engine through an upgraded set of headers and high flow exhaust system. The black vinyl convertible top is in fantastic shape as are the included matching side curtains. This Volkswagen rides on 4 245/50R17 Radial Tires wrapped around upgraded Mille Miglia Alloy Wheels, which gives this Thing a cool look and a great ride. The exterior has a fantastic look having been refinished in a beautiful Sunshine Yellow exterior paint. The interior on this Thing appears to be stock and is in wonderful condition. The front bucket seats and rear bench seat have been reupholstered in black vinyl. The doors are removable and are in fantastic shape as well. The dash and steering wheel are also in superb condition and appear to be in their stock configuration. The dash is equipped with a 100 MPH speedometer, fuel gauge and an upgraded Pioneer AM/FM/CD entertainment system. Whether you're looking for your very first classic car or you want to add a Volkswagen to your existing collection or you're just looking for a super cool beach buggy, this 1973 Volkswagen Thing would make an excellent choice. Give us a call today!

*Air-Cooled 1600cc Inline 4 Cylinder
*Single Barrel Carburetor
*46 Horsepower
*4 Speed Manual Transmission
*12 Volt Electrical System
*Upgraded Headers & Exhaust
*Black Vinyl Top w/ Side Curtains
*Sunshine Yellow Exterior
*Black Vinyl Bucket Seat Interior
*245/50R17 Radial Tires on Mille Miglia Wheels
*Stock Instrumentation
*Odometer Reads: 71,320 Miles
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Vehicle Details

  • 1973 Volkswagen Thing
  • Listing ID: CC-1604432
  • Price: $31,995
  • Location:Rogers, Minnesota
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Thing
  • Exterior Color:Sunshine Yellow
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:31132
  • Stock Number:8702
  • VIN:1839243523
Listed By:
Ellingson Motorcars
20950 Rogers Dr
Rogers, MN 55374

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