1974 Volkswagen Thing
Why This Car Is Special
We have a 1974 Volkswagen Thing here at Skyway Classics that is unique and is a rare VW that can be appreciated by any collector.
It is air-cooled with a 1.8-Liter Flat-Four 1,835cc engine, Four-Speed Manual Transaxle, orange paint, manual convertible top, and is one of those cool factory offshoots that is a rapidly appreciating classic.
1974 Volkswagen Thing
1.8-Liter Flat-Four 1,835cc
Four-Speed Manual Transaxle
Chrome air cleaner
Bosch performance coil
Painted and detailed engine compartment
Drum brakes at all four corners
Front bucket seats and a folding rear bench upholstered in black vinyl
Right-side grab handle
Four-spoke steering wheel with a Wolfsburg crest
Pumpkin Orange repaint
“The Thing” side decals
Black convertible soft top
Fender-mounted turn signals
Dual side mirrors
Dual exhaust outlets exiting through the black-painted rear bumper
14″ steel wheels with polished hubcaps
Black sidewall tires
The powerplant in our Thing is said to have been refurbished under prior ownership with the flat-four that was modified to displace 1,835cc and installed in 2020.
It has a chrome air cleaner, Bosch performance coil, new exhaust, and looks great in the painted and detailed engine compartment.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transaxle and it rides on 14″ steel wheels that feature polished hubcaps and wear black sidewall tires that are said to have been recently mounted.
Stopping power is provided by drums at all four corners. The shocks, ball joints, wheel cylinders, and additional braking components were replaced during the refurbishment, according to the seller.
Just like the exterior, the interior is about rugged utility and the cabin features front bucket seats and a folding rear bench upholstered in black vinyl. Equipment includes a heater and a right-side grab handle. The floor pans were replaced during the refurbishment and it has a four-spoke steering wheel with a Wolfsburg cres, a replacement 90-mph speedometer with an inset fuel-level gauge, while the five-digit odometer shows 21k miles, approximately 2,000 of which were added under current ownership. Total mileage is unknown.
Our Thing was reportedly finished from the factory in Pumpkin Orange and received a repaint under previous ownership. Exterior details include “The Thing” side decals, a black convertible soft top, a fold-down windshield, fender-mounted turn signals, dual side mirrors, removable doors, and dual exhaust outlets exiting through the black-painted rear bumper.
The headlight bezels have been replaced and the windshield wipers have been removed.
The Thing was only officially imported for two years so that’s why you don’t see too many of them. These were originally built purely for function as the windshield folds down like a Jeep; and all four doors are removable and interchangeable.
And the overall style is just as unique as the Beetle. So everyone can’t help but smile when they see a Thing.
It is not often you can find a 1974 Volkswagen Thing as nice as the orange beauty we have here at Skyway Classics and a great price too.
It is one of those great vehicles that attracts a lot of attention wherever you go.
Come see it today. They are great cars that are a blast to drive, get thumbs up and admiration everywhere they go, and won’t break the bank at the gas pump.
So give us a call at 941-254-6608.
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