1974 Type 1/Model 181 Volkswagen Thing

Price: - Item location: Luxemburg, Wisconsin, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Thing
  • Year: 1974
  • Mileage: 92,822
  • VIN: 1842625597
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Drive side: Right-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1974 Volkswagen Thing

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Thing

Year: 1974

Condition: Used

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 1842625597

Mileage: 92,822

Exterior Color: Pumpkin Orange

Interior Color: Black

Doors: 4

Vehicle Title: Clear

Transmission: 4 Speed Manual

Number of Cylinders: 4

Engine: Stock

Fuel Type: Regular Gasoline

Body Type: Convertible

Drive Side: Left-hand drive

Options: Convertible

For Sale By: Private Seller

Disability Equipped: No

Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty

1974 Type 1/Model 181 Volkswagen Thing

General Information

Just been sitting in the garage for the past four years I've owned it...only got it running this past year.

One of the best cars I've had the pleasure of experiencing - VERY eye-catching with its bright orange color! A great summer car!

The car does have sun visors and a wooden hinged door for the glove compartment; on the photos they weren't attached as I was doing a routine clean of the car. PLEASE NOTE the interior and underside of the Thing is a bit dirty in the photos, but I have since cleaned both.

VW Things were only manufactured in the U.S. from 1973-74 and have become increasingly rare to find!

New shifter assembly and linkage - replaced December 2016

Working front, rear, and braking headlights

4 seats complete with 4 working seatbelts

o Both front seats have adjustable seat backs

Door locking mechanisms on each of the 4 doors work

Comes with brand new 15'' tires and wheels installed, as well as a brand new spare tire with wheel

Pull out ash tray on the dash

The exterior of the Thing is in great condition, though there are a few minor scratches

Front and rear bumpers are in excellent condition

This car has never been driven in the snow, as a result there is no salt damage and there is no rust present on the vehicle

No modern modifications have been made to the Thing


o 2 CDs: A 181 VW Thing Service Manual, as well as a VW Parts Manual & Parts Interchange Guide

o 4 windows, not attached to the vehicle

2 Seat brackets

o 1 Black soft top, not attached to the vehicle

o A brand new swing out tire carrier with instructions to be set

o A black tow bar (not pictured) and portable car jack

§ Tow bar attaches to the front axle of the car & makes it easy to move the Thing from one location to another

o 4 black carpet floor mats and a felt floor covering for the rear footwells

o An extra set of wiper blades

o Pint of orange paint for touch ups (only ¼ of the can is left)

o Original radio, though it is not functioning and is not attached to the dash

Previous Work Done

Prior to my owning it this car was in New York- previous owner:

Repainted car orange (was originally yellow)...fully took apart the car & restored it...all panels were taken down to bare metal & coated with ppg epoxy sealer...body work was sealed with urethane primer and painted with a DuPont paint and clear...floors were replaced (all rusted out panels were cut out and replaced, and the panels that weren't damaged were saved and restored)...rear fenders are only items that are not stock...engine was taken out and rebuilt; bolt-on items like carburetor, exhaust, starter, coil, plugs, fuel pump, oil pump, oil cover, pulley belts, and more were replaced...all the lights were replaced...mirrors and sun visors were replaced...original transmission...all shocks were replaced...front ball joints were replaced...front sway bar bushings were replaced...all brake cables were replaced...bottom of the Thing was coated with a bed liner spray to prevent rust from occurring in the future


Turn signals and hazard lights do not work

Windshield wipers do not work

Horn does not work

There is no heater installed

Parts and hardware that comprise the frame for the soft top are missing

2 holes in the footwells of the rear seats; each hole is about the size of a United States nickel



Shipping is responsibility of the buyer as is where is.

NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $1,000.00 required within 24 hours of winning auction, remaining amount must be paid within 1 week. Vehicle must be picked up within 2 weeks.

We will accept wire transfer.