1973 VW Thing – Independence, MO

Can you look at a VW Thing and not smile?  Seller offering a 1973 Volkswagen Thing with undisclosed miles for $11,500.  Only available in the United states from 1973-1974, the Thing was never widely available in the United States.  Equipped with a dual-cam 4 cylinder engine, the 46-hp engine crawled to 60 mph in 23 seconds.  Seller says the vehicle has recently undergone a tune-up and new rear breaks.   Top and side windows are new.  Seller says the vehicle runs and drives great.

Not quite a rugged off-road vehicle, the Thing was a rear wheel drive only with optional self locking differential.  As a utility vehicle, it could be used for a number of military and government purposes.   Eventually the Thing was marketed to civilian audiences as a hunting vehicle and as a beach cruiser in warmer climates.  The Thing was eventually introduced to the US market in 1972 and removed shortly thereafter when DOT/EPA regulations became too burdensome.  Only 25,000 were imported

Known as the Type 181 in Germany, Trekker in Britian, or Safari in other markets about 140,000 examples were produced from 1969-1980.   This 1973 VW Thing is for sale in Independence, Missouri.  Check out seller’s listing on Craigslist for full details and contact information.