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1974 Volkswagen Thing VW type 181

Make: Volkswagen
Model: Thing
Year: 1974
Mileage: 65,474
VIN: 1842624563
Color: Yellow
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Kutztown, Pennsylvania, United States

1974 Volkswagen Thing Additional Info:

This auction is for an unrestored 1974 VW type 181 "Thing".

This car is cosmetically not perfect but by far the cleanest, most complete, unadulterated and true, non-restored 181 you'll find on any of the selling sites.

It starts immediately from cold and will run with confidence all day, every day.

Previous owner spent over $3000 getting back to as close to stock as possible.

About the car:

- Great head turning condition.

- Convertible top in great shape, no holes, slight rub haze on back lexan.

- Convertible top frame in great, Street condition.

- Mileage is not known but reads 65,000

- Engine is original “A” series, burns no oil, starts right up and runs strong.

- Very slight oil drip

- Floor pans are solid and sturdy as are bottom of wheel wells. There is some minor surface rust in the form of a smaller (1-2cm) bubbles and chips; please see images.

- New side curtain replacements still in factory bag (Velcro installed fabric and lexan only, uses original frames).

- Inner top corners of front seats have split seems about 3” long.

Have all receipts from recent work.


- EMPI “Trigger” shifter

- EMPI ceramic exhaust (NEW)

- EMPI heads and valve covers

- Baja Wheels


- Newly rebuilt Solex Carb

- Newly rebuilt wiper motor by “The Thing Shop” **Wiper Motor is Thing specific, next to impossible to find and expensive to rebuild ($320) if available.

- CV joint boots (repacked, bearings were fine)

- Fuel pump

- Ignition points

- Ignition wires

- Spark plugs

- Cap and Rotor

- Distributor (complete with rod)

- Steering column indicator switch cluster

- Brake cylinders

- Brake drums and shoes (front)

- Flexible brake lines

- EMPI ceramic exhaust

- Shifter bushing

- Shift rod coupler

- Coco yellow floor mats

Please call or text with questions.. 484.256.4191