1973 Volkswagen Thing
Removable Vinyl Convertible Top
Custom Burgundy Exterior & "THE THING" rocker lettering
Removable Doors, Windows, and Fold-Down Windshield
4-Cylinder 1600 c.c. Engine
4-Speed Manual Transmission
205/75R14 Radials & Steel Wheels/Hubcaps
Speedometer/Odometer & Fuel Gauge - In-Op Speedometer / Odometer
Black Vinyl Interior
Dual Exhaust Tips
The Volkwagen Thing was only imported to the United States for 2 years. Only about 25,000 made it here to the States. This example, the Type 181 was the left-hand drive model imported to the USA. This example showcases custom dark red base/clearcoat paint and is a pleasure to cruise. The exterior displays the original sheetmetal throughout. These are very unique vehicles. The doors are removable as is the top. Even the windshield folds down in the Thing. Originally, the Thing was only available in three colors, Blizzard White, Pumpkin Orange, or Sunshine Yellow.
The vinyl top on this VW Thing is in very good condition throughout as is the glass and removable window panels. Not only are the Thing's doors removable front to back, they are interchangeable. Interestingly enough, Volkswagen's Thing was built on the VW micro-bus pre-68 chassis. The engine compartment displays the reliable little dual point 1600 c.c. VW engine. This is a strong running little car that shifts through the gears with ease.
The dual exhaust pipes give this THING a little attitude. The interior is Spartan at best. The instrumentation is easy to read and simple, a speedometer, odometer, and a fuel gauge. The speedometer DOES NOT work. The 4-speed gearbox shifts through the gears as it should. The black vinyl upholstery is in good condition front to back. The glovebox area in the VW Thing is more of a cubby hole, it never came with an actual door.
Loaded with features, an electric wiper is one of the main ones... The trunk is solid throughout. There is a good sized floor pan rust-thru hole and some rust-thru in the engine compartment photographed.
The original identification plate is intact. This is chassis # 18328408943. Someone did an amatuer job of dropping some metal in the floors to cover the rust holes.
Underneath this Thing there is rust in the floorpans, surface and one area of pretty extensive rust-through. I showed this rust in detail on the photos above. This is common for all the VWs. Luckily, the pans are fairly in-expensive and appears passenger rear floor pan area is most affected. Enjoy this car as-is or you can inquire about our facilities' restoration services at Texas Classic Cars of Dallas.
You can find paint flaws when you start looking closely. Note the cracking at the rocker panel in the paint, see above. The paint finish does show well, but has some minor flaws as all classics do, see the detailed photos above. We do our best to accurately describe our vehicles. Our 100% positive customer feedback reflects the way we do business here at Texas Classic Cars of Dallas.
The 15-inch steel wheels were fitted with 205/75R15 radial tires all around.