1974 Volkswagen Thing VW type 181

1974 Volkswagen Thing

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

Description for Volkswagen Thing 1974

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