1974 Volkswagen Thing – Independence, MO

 

Seller offering a 1974 Volkswagen Thing with 43,465 original miles for $9,000.  Seller says the vehicle has been in storage since 2002 and does not currently run.   Everything “bone stock” including removeable hard top, dealer installed roll cage, and soft top.  Paint is original and no rust in pan or body.

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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. 

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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

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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 The Samba for full details and contact information.

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