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 like this 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.
Inside the basic elements are easily recognizable from other parts of the VW lineup. The gearshift and single VDO gauge pod are quite familiar. And while the steering wheel was upgraded, the Wolfsburg center cap keeps it looking proper. The black seats look good against the yellow paint, so this one has a great color coordination with the top up or down. Plus, the whole interior is built to be rugged and fun – exactly what you want in a carefree classic. So you're always ready to hop in on a whim, and even everyday errands look like a run to the beach.
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 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 works nicely in conjunction with the improved traction from the rear-mounted engine, so there is truly function within the unique form.
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!!!