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The Volkswagen Thing is weird, fun, and affordable as ever


#1

Volkswagen might make sober Golfs and Jettas now, but in the 1960s and 1970s the German brand was home to cars that exemplified counter-culture. Classic Beetles, funky buses, and boxy Vanagons are to this day viewed through this lens, but what about the stubby VW Thing? Also known as the Type 181, this bare-bones off-roader is actually experiencing a surge of interest amidst the market’s overall boom for vintage SUVs like Jeeps, Land Rovers, Ford Broncos, and Toyota Land Cruisers.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/11/16/volkswagen-thing-is-weird-fun-and-affordable

#2

I’ve got a 1974 Thing in Avocado Green, awaiting a restoration when I’m done my current bus project.


#3

Just bought the wife a 74, it’s a runner driver in serious need of a resto. Before this one I had a super clean 73.


#4

My ‘73 has both vinyl fold-down and a removable fiberglass hardtop. A few years ago I picked up a new 1600cc engine still in the Mex factory crate. Runs like a gem!


#5

I have had my 1973 Thing for over 34 years now. Back it June I ended up in a flash flood and unfortunately, it had to be totaled. But all is not lost. I had Hagerty’s “Cherished Salvage” coverage and was able to keep the Thing after the loss with NO salvage payment!. As I post this, It is in the shop have everything rebuilt and should be back on the road by early December 2018. I look forward driving it again and keeping it in the family for years to come.