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1974 Volkswagen Thing


California Car / Maintained

Factory Hardtop / New Top Curtains!


It was known as the Type 62, then later as the 82 and based heavily on the Volkswagen A consumer variant of the vehicle several decades after the war as the 181 for the Federal German Army and for the civilian market Volkswagen 181 Thing in the US, Trekker in the UK and Safari in

After the success of the Volkswagen in the 1960s, VW resurrected the idea of an on- and car, and called it the Type 181 Inspired by the WWII Type 82 the Thing was updated with the baseline engine and running but with the beefier Transporter/Microbus Also along the lines of the were its Dumpsteresque yet practical The simple doors and standard top could easily be removed, and the folded flat. The rear-engined, drive car was rugged, and well-suited for roads.

First built in the Thing wasn’t offered in the US 1973. Power was the standard 1584-cc air-cooled flat engine, with 46 horsepower, to a four-speed manual transmission. In its year in the US, exterior colors were Blizzard White, Yellow and Pumpkin Orange.

In the Thing got a slight boost in to over 55 bhp (easily differentiated the 46-bhp version by the side instead of flush slotted in the rear quarter panels). included a fiberglass hard top solid door windows, racks, air conditioning and a padded cage. A number of dealer options were also ranging from upgraded to side stripes.

US sales discontinued after 1974, sales in Mexico continued 1978.

The Thing has a small but legion of followers. Panels for the seem to be the most difficult to locate. Poor interior which resulted in frigid, country interior temperatures most examples off of salty roads.

A definitive plus for the is its extreme commonality of functional with the Beetle. It also with its air-cooled cousin and ease of repair, part and of being a stepchild of one of the best-selling ever built. Repairs are straightforward and parts are available in every part of the USA / world.

The New craze only slightly Thing prices. Instead, in various oddball cars of the (Gremlins, Pacers, etc.) has Thing pricing. Pricing may to increase, especially in the era of $30,000 Jolly’s coupled with the number of unique Beach that also have street application.


This VW has had two California owners (documented by the that reflects the Year Sold of 1974)since it began in 1974. We purchased the Thing its most recent owner of 17 The Thing was part of his large of specialty vehicles and, with the other cars it was stored inside and well All of the maintenance records / receipts back to his acquisition (in 1992!) are with the Thing.

A review of the file also that the Thing received minimal use (due to the large of cars in his stable) although it was maintained in full operational / condition. Over the course of 17+ the car always passed smog no problem (it is now totally exempt CA smog due being older a 1975 model year), regular oil changes and other and preventative maintenance.

Specifically, the document that the Thing only 12, 057 miles, or only a few miles a year.

When the was purchased in 1974 the previous reported a complete engine and the car had recently been completely A subsequent (just a few thousand ago) evaluation of the cars strength (including a compression supports the cars current, running condition). more on later.

Unlike many VW this example has escaped and changes that are so typical the Thing. It remains virtually stock and includes the following:

* Original (Optional) Hardtop

* Curtains (Like Brand

* Convertible Top (Like Brand

* Dealer Available Side NOTE: Volkswagen Thing strobe stripes that offered with the 181 by the U.S. These stripes were installed on green, white, and orange Things.

* A Period Cassette Radio (functional)

* Trim Rings

The exhaust has upgraded to a great sounding too loud) system that well on the Thing and has the appearance of very period and appropriate for the

The VW Thing remains totally when it comes to the body, engine and other major Any changes that have made have been cosmetic (new top, curtains, tires, trim etc) and have been in a way to maintain the original appearance and of the Thing.


The Thing runs very and always starts immediately, after being unused for weeks. Mechanically, the Thing is strong. The Thing does not use smoke or make any unusual noise. In fact, the car is quiet and and outside of the normal very oil leak (after-all it is a VW) it has no mechanical that we have identified and we had (enjoyed!) the Thing for some

During our time with the it starts up immediately whether or cold and runs with no The Thing does not exhibit any issues/problems. The car shifts well the gears and the syncromesh gears are functional. The VW has very good and can be driven comfortably at road highway speeds. In typical fashion, everything works the lighting systems, wipers, etc. The brakes stop the car and sure.

Within 100 miles and a few weeks the Thing passed the California Inspection with no findings and the supported by a written evaluation of the repair facility.

Within the few thousand miles, the VW has received necessary service and maintenance. the car has received the following within the 5,000 miles:

* New Goodyear (1,000 miles ago)

* tune-up (500 miles including:

* New generator

* Complete Oil

* Air filter

* Replacement spark wires

* New plugs, points, set, rotor, dist. 5w 30w Oil

* Complete tune-up (3,000 ago) including:

* New points,

* New gaskets

* Complete oil service

* adjustment

* Clutch adjustment

* all lights / repair as necessary

Compression noted on repair as follows: #1: 140 lbs. #2: 140 lbs #3: 130 lbs #4: 135 lbs (Excellent and all within 95+%)

* Replace ball joints

* New exhaust

* / frequent oil services

* Smog (always passed when by California..now exempt)

* Brake

Considerable additional receipts for work, parts and repairs


Exterior / Body

The best description for the Thing? This example is a very California car that has been cared for over the years. It has lived in California and, as a is free from the rust is present on Midwest/East Coast of similar cars. The Thing is painted in one of the factory color white with a black top and side curtains. It appears as if the car has one re-paint that was completed years ago. The paint is good and the exterior of the Thing consistent paint quality no major dents / exterior

Most recently, the car has been by mature adult owners and exclusively as a weekend car and for the occasional around their large in an exclusive area of Northern While the mileage cannot be documented due to the age of the car, the long ownership and the overall condition of the suggests that the car has received a high level of care the course of over 35 years to believe, but true!).

The Thing has gloss paint that is and in good condition. The body is very straight, free virtually any body damage or There are the typical minor or scratches that are can be expected to be on a car of this vintage. However, of the minor imperfections will go by most observers and a close, inspection is necessary to locate any Due to the minimal and type of use that the has received, it is even free noticeable, serious door damage to the moldings, lights, that are commonly found on car of age.

Clearly one this cars strength is the lack of overall on the exterior, as well as the structural of the car (chassis, floors, etc.) the Thing has virtually no signs of rust in the typical places the rocker panels, front and lower fenders, etc. We unable to locate any rust in any of the locations where rust on these cars. In fact, of the typical undercarriage discoloration on the components, the Mustang is in truly condition for a car of this age. The and suspension components on the Thing are very straight. We encourage buyer’s to carefully review the of the Thing as they accurately the cars beautiful, rust original California condition. as with any of our vehicles, we encourage inspections of the VW prior to bidding purchase.

The body gaps on the are good, especially considering the and age of this vehicle. Compared many Thing’s that we seen, this car is a really Survivor. The doors fit solidly and well as does the rear lid and the hood.

The exterior trim little there is) on the Thing is good. The front rear are free from major and stock with no modifications, tow etc. One thing is clear, the (and other exterior for that matter) has the appearance we see on West Coast cars, not on from rust belts the country/world.

The emblems and rubber are in generally good condition, as and appear to be original. The badge on the is original and in good condition. The front and rear, are in excellent free from noticeable and damage.

The convertible top is in virtually new with a totally clear window (refer to photos). The curtains and their frames are like new and come with to use when they are removed the car (which we expect will be of the time!0 and need to be stored.

The interior is original and overall in condition. As Thing enthusiasts are by design, there is not much to the of the Thing. However, the front are in good usable condition normal signs of use / wear for the age of the and they may even be original to the While there are some scratches on the top of the driver’s seat owner’s cat sneaked in the garage, the front seats are free rips, tears, or damage. The is original and contains the original all working just fine.

The rear seats have kept in the down position and the of the seats (the painted, portions used for storage in car) are fine. Also, are properly connected and hinge as were designed to allow for to be placed in different positions and for uses. Because of the lack of use of the and having them in the down for years, the seat cushions seen better days to photos). The good news is they are just square and easily re-upholstered should the new have an interest in improving the seat appearance tom be more with that of the front

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Bothe front seats are and the lever for moving the driver’s seat forward to allow access to the rear seat is From the interior compartment, the reflect the cars rust nature. The front floors are with rubber mats are date back to the 1970’s (?) and an image of Tweety Bird on (How very 1970’s!). are in really nice condition and are a testament to the lack of use this car has over the years. There is no in the Thing and the floors are 100% from rust through, rot and This is a very important when evaluating Thing’s, those that have any time in Rust Zones, the near the ocean, etc.

The are easily removed and installed by inserting them into in the body. The Thing can be used in a variety of configurations as the photographs and the doors can even be removed shown in the photos) for a total experience. The front glass is good and there are no cracks or

The radio has the appearance of being in the 7-0’s and it works. The odometer is, of fully functional and the previous reported that the mileage on the is original. Certainly, the coverall of the car supports low original mileage and it is that the majority of the cars were accumulated in its early in the road in California.

The wheels are VW with newer Goodyear VW hubcaps and chrome trim for that added exterior The lower rocker panel has a The rocker panel stripe was installed many, many ago but is still in good condition.


The VW is not fitted a spare/jack but we are including an emergency inflator to be used to temporarily a flat and get the car to a safe location

The hardtop is included with the car and has all of the (refer to photos). While it is not it rather awkward due to its size and two people to place it / install it on the

We encourage telephone calls to in greater details the condition / of this highly unique VW We have done our best to the condition of the Thing using and a description but we It is difficult to fully but we will gladly provide a walk around condition for those that have an in the VW. Please let us know if we can answer any we can be reached at 925-846-1451 during business hours in California.

buyers will, of course, be to the license, registration, documentation, tax and fees.

Out of state buyers are for only the sale amount of the and any transport costs (tax, other fees may be charged by local State authorities). According to California law any vehicle on California roads is to be taxed and by the new owner. If a prospective out of state is planning on purchasing a vehicle and NOT it shipped, PLEASE talk us before you bid. Thank

We enjoy excellent relationships a number of transport companies as a result, can often times preferred pricing for vehicle Please give us a call and we be glad to refer you to suitable companies.

This Thing make an excellent, affordable for the weekend enthusiast, or even as a use vehicle. While it is a very 1974 VW Thing, it is a used and, as such, normal, imperfections can be found on this virtually any used vehicles). may include, but are not limited to, minor flaws (paint chips on the end, as an example), minor scrapes, and other defects may not detract from the overall of the vehicle, but do exist on virtually any car is driven on the street. We have; done our best to describe the car as and completely as possible and ask that you the car with us should you have any or doubts about purchasing a on a long distance basis.


As always, we recommend you carefully review the seller’s of any collector car being sold the Internet. We believe that it is to ask yourself a number of questions but not limited to:

— How long they been in business?

How much experience do they with collector cars?

How many positive collector car sales have completed EBay feedback)?

— How is the description of the vehicle?

— Do the show details of the interior, top, chrome, etc. or are simply Glamour Shots from a distance?

— Does the seller a surety bond to protect the transaction?

— What insurance, licensing by the state, and a business license?

— the seller (if a business) have any DMV Vehicle) complaints and/or history of legal action,

— Do they enjoy a local and national/international reputation?

Can the seller assist with sources, transport and out of state/country


* Classic Cars Ltd. has in the same, small, California for over 15 years. We operate a indoor showroom, and specialize in the consignment, and purchase of sports, performance and specialty vehicles of all We have a particular interest in cars and unique vehicles.

* The of our vehicles come from private owners and collectors, and were sold new in California. We that rust free with excellent documentation and are especially attractive to our buyers locally, and around the country. As a we do not purchase our collectible cars distressed sales, such as auctions, salvage sales, or sales. We do not sell vehicles salvage titles.

* Please our feedback on eBay (user Never22Many) representing over 500 transactions to buyers all over the States / World.

* We are fully bonded, and licensed for collector car all over the United States/World.

* We operated a brick mortar in the same small town for to 15 years

* We are fully insured and for collector car sales

* Classic Ltd. carries a $50,000 bond to cover financial

* We enjoy excellent relationships a number of transport companies as a result, can often times preferred pricing for vehicle Please give us a call and we be glad to refer you to suitable companies. Needless to say, we recommend a quality, enclosed that is experience with high quality, collectible

* We frequently sell vehicles to out of buyers / out of country buyers, and be glad to provide references for in your area, part of the

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