This 1974 Volkswagen Thing has the look of a car that's a bit
meaner than the other VWs. It also helps that there's a fully
upgraded flat-four under the hood to make this quite a fun and
fierce version of quite a rare classic.
Today we'd call this a crossover, but back in the 1970s the best
Volkswagen could do to describe a vehicle like this was all it The
Thing. It's a fun part of the Type 181's folklore, but it didn't
make it too endearing to the USA. That's why it was only on sale
for two years before being pulled from the market. Today that makes
for some nice rarity, but it shares enough with the classic Beetle
that you can also still get plenty of components and upgrades. And
this example really shows it off well. The black and white color
combo was well-chosen. The white paint has a timeless appeal. And
the black fenders go well with the tubular steel used for the brush
guard, hood rack, and roll cage. And we love the look of the
outlaw-style EMPI wheels. The best way to see how this is the
granddaddy of crossovers is in the custom presentation of the rear
end. The sporty upgraded tail lights join the trailer hitch and the
Jeep-like full-size spare on a swing-away mount. So it looks like
it's ready for fun on the street or trail.
There are some nice upgrades that await you inside. The two-tone
upholstery nicely coordinates with the exterior. And we especially
like how the upgraded front racing bucket seats are both stylish
and useful with the driver's Deist harness. There are other
thoughtful details like the wood slat floors and a Porsche-inspired
steering wheel. But your overall impression will be about a real
driver built for function. You have practical features like an
upgraded center gauge cluster, a sports shifter, and an AM/FM/CD
stereo. There's even a full hardtop and side curtains for those
days when you don't feel like you want to be open to the world.
The engine bay shows off a clean motor that's made to be a better
all-around performer. It's upgraded to have a larger 1776cc
flat-four. It also includes dual port heads (ported and polished),
a more aggressive camshaft, and roller rockers. It's a powerful VW
motor, and so it's good you take full control through the
four-speed manual transmission. Plus, front disc brakes and a nice
set of modern tires give you the right fundamentals for a good
Complete with restoration photos, there are improvements you might
make along the way to tighten up the suspension or add a few
details, but your essentials are always part of the plentiful
Beetle catalog. So this VW offers you the robustness and ease of a
classic air-cooled machine, but it also gives you added power,
rarity, and distinction. That's why for the right classic car fan,
you know this is just The Thing. Call today!!!
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Location:Ft Worth, Texas
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