The Volkswagen thing was spawned by a German runabout military vehicle known as the “Kubelwagen”…Kubel meaning “bucket” and Wagen meaning “Car”. A name, which is quite fitting for the design. The Thing was only called “The Thing” in North America where it went on sale in 1973; elsewhere it was known as the Trekker, the Safari or simply Type 181. Spartan by design, the Thing became quite popular in the US market as it appealed especially to the youth. The thing cost only $3150.00 dollars making it affordable to the American public. To this day, the quirky Thing, is recognizable and popular among motoring enthusiasts.
The 1974 Volkswagen Thing offered for sale has had over $4,000 of service work done to it. The ball joints and tie rods, steering gearbox and steering dampener, have all been replaced. The cv joints are freshly packed and has new boots. The shift rod bushing was replaced, the rear wheel bearings have just been packed, the shocks have been replaced, all brake hoses, turn and adjust rear brakes. The work was performed by German Motor Works in California.
The car presents well in white with a blue and white vinyl interior and has a bit of an Acapulco look. The Thing fires right up and handles as it should. The VW Thing is a proven vehicle. Their uniqueness, simplicity and utility have fallen into favor among auto enthusiasts and collectors alike. This is a great vehicle for investment or to keep at a seasonal home. No wrong decision here.
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