For Sale: 1973 Volkswagen Thing in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

For the right person, this is just The Thing! But puns aside, the 1973 Volkswagen Type 181 (AKA "Thing") is one of those cool factory variations on the Beetle that utilized its bulletproof engineering to the max. As a result, these are both highly useful and a rapidly appreciating classic.


The Thing is very memorable, but it was only officially imported for two years. That's why you don't see too many of them out in the classic car circles. These were originally built purely for function. Those ribs in the straight metal panels provide added strength, the windshield folds down like a Jeep, and all four doors are removable and interchangeable. But just like the original Beetle, we found a personality in all of this purpose. Maybe it was the electric paint colors (this holds close to the factory's Canary Yellow)... Maybe it's this car's sunny-day soft-top nature... Maybe it's the hints of Beetle in the bright headlights, door handles, and classic wheel covers. Who knows? All we can say is that everyone can't help but smile when they see a complete Thing like this one roll down the road.


The basic elements of the interior are easily recognizable from other parts of the VW lineup. The gearshift, single VDO gauge pod, and Wolfsburg crest at the center of the steering wheel are all familiar to Beetle fans. But there's also a thoughtful level of custom in this one. There are great classic German car pieces like the wicker shelf under the dash and the coco-style look to the floor mats. This even still has the elements of the Thing's unique-style heater there for a display. The upgraded velour seating is a nice touch of added comfort, especially when you have this VW open to the world. And when you feel like buttoning this one up it has a good-looking top and full side curtains.


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 1300cc unit shows the right signs of good maintenance, and the way it fires right up confirms good care. It's linked to the sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission, which allows you to get the most out of the motor.


This is quite a fun Thing, but you will find imperfections. So you may choose to update the paint, tires, stereo, or other details that you see fit. But it also comes with a lot of extras you don't find elsewhere, like a car cover, convertible top boot, and storage bags for the side windows. So you're looking at a total package that's quite complete for today and gives you options to make it even more personal down the road. So if you've been looking for a distinct and robust VW, you know this should be your Thing. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • 1973 Volkswagen Thing
  • Listing ID: CC-1635655
  • Price: $29,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Thing
  • Exterior Color:Yellow
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:76863
  • Stock Number:5766-DFW
  • VIN:1832756048
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137

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