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
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
1973 Volkswagen Thing
Location:Ft Worth, Texas
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