For the right person, this is just The Thing! But puns aside, the 1974 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 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 this one has also received a nice paint upgrade that has taken the original bright hues and updated it with a mature metallic copper. Plus, the black EMPI wheels and matching black bumpers give this a hint of sophistication. But beyond the upgrades, the Type 181 seems to have character. Just like the original Beetle, we found a personality in the purposeful design. Maybe it's this car's sunny day soft top nature... Maybe it's the hints of Beetle in the bright headlights and door handles.... Who knows? All we can say is that everyone can't help but smile when they see a complete Thing like this one pass by.
Inside the basic elements are easily recognizable from other parts of the VW lineup. The steering wheel, gearshift, and single VDO gauge are quite familiar. The rugged vinyl seats look new as does the folding soft top that's in a matching tan color. And side curtains are available when you need to button-up further. These are all about being as basic as a Jeep because they have a similar rugged reputation all over Europe. What that means for you is an easy classic to hop in on a whim and run errands or go to the beach. And there's even a CD stereo to keep you entertained along the way.
The real heart of the go-anywhere at anytime feeling comes from the familiar air-cooled 1600 cc 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 is linked to the sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission, which allows you to get the most out of the motor. It feels airy and nimble on the road, but this is truly built to be capable when the pavement ends, too. The Thing's higher ground clearance and larger 15-inch wheels give it added versatility, and with the engine over the rear driving wheels, traction has always been a good with these machines.
The Type 181 Thing is one of those great cars that has a breezy nature but is backed up by solid engineering. It's an easy to own and easy to love appreciating classic...and if you're quick enough, it can be all yours. Call today!!!