1973 VW Type 181 Thing: Unmolested! No rust! Weekly Driver! NO RESERVE !!

Price: - Item location: San Jose, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Thing
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 9,999,999
  • VIN: 1833024986
  • Color: Orange
  • Engine size: 1600
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1973 Volkswagen Thing

1973 VW Type 181 Thing:


Check out my feedback.... Honest descriptions. Great deal for this awesome Thing.

Unmolested! No rust!

Originally a Texas car according to the last owner. The body is straight, without any bondo (that I could find). It's been repainted the original pumpkin orange and has a couple of less than perfect areas (can't see them from 2 feet away though).

SUPER CLEAN. Relocation forces sale. Fun car to drive!

Flawless running and flawless chrome.

- The last owner told me the original motor was swapped for a 1600cc single port G code

- No Rust…. The pan is SOLID and has been coated with line-x (I never noticed any patches/soft spots)

- Brand new tires…. BF GOODRICH All Terrain T/A.

- Brand new Battery

- The Windshield and seal is Brand new / clear (Thing Shop).

- Brand new black crush Top and Frame from The Thing Shop. Perfectly clear rear window.

- New seat covers

- New Thing Shop Tube Bumpers with front brush guard

- New Thing Shop Nerf bars.

- New Thing Shop Sun Visors. (Driver and Passenger)

- New mirrors – Perfect glass and chrome (Thing Shop).

- New interior rear view mirror (Thing Shop)

- New front safety belts. (Thing Shop)

- New carpet kit – Complete (Thing Shop)

- New 100% Body molding and rubber seal kit. (Thing Shop.)

- 100% All new lights… Rear lights, Front directionals. Perfect plastic and chrome. (Including the license tag light)

- Completely rewired…. Everything works. All lights work perfectly.
(It does need a turn signal switch, it works. But, no auto-cancel.)

(Wipers only work on occasion. Probably needs a wiper switch. Possible wiper motor.)

- It's got new wheel cylinders, carb rebuilt, plugs/wires/cap/rotor/points, adjusted all the pedals, and some other small stuff.

-Gas gauge works.

(Speedometer needs a speedo-cable to the Left Front wheel. Not connected.)

(Just a clarification... I have no idea what the milage is on this vehicle. No information on how long the Odometer / Speedometer cable has been disconnected. This vehicle came with another spare Speedometer assembly. So, I'm not sure which one is the original.)

- Includes a couple of other OEM dash parts, some other miscellaneous parts (valve cover gaskets etc.), and some laminated binder manuals.

Solid driver. Starts / runs great. Driven weekly.

It's a solid example of a Type 181... It's probably straight enough to be a show car with little work, really. The gas heater assembly is not present...the original owner removed it.

Relocation forces me to sell this. My loss = Your gain.

-Clean NV title. VIN # is1833024986

More photos available.
Please ask me any questions you have before bidding. I will try to answer them as thoroughly, and quickly as possible. Happy bidding!