Monday, January 29, 2018

Thing 1 & Thing 2: 1974 Volkswagen Thing(s)

The Volkswagen The Volkswagen Type 181 Thing was a stripped down vehicle used for West German military use as a temporary solution while the Europa Jeep was being developed.  Of course, the Europa Jeep (a 1960s NATO project for a Jeep style vehicle) never made it into production, and the 181 filled in nicely -- eventually it was offered for civilian use around the globe. Find these 1974 Volkswagen Thing(s) offered for $8000 each located in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu. 

From the seller:
Two vw things for sale. In good condition - 1974. One is white - one is green
Price is $8,000 each FIRM. Serious inquirie's only please.

Both have been garage kept for the last 18 years that we have owned them. New tires 2 years ago. 

Cars have not been on the road for at least 5 years.

Both engines were rebuilt before we purchased them.

See a better way to do that thing you do?


  1. Well, at least this posting led me to do a little research. I always thought these were actually based on the WWII Kubelwagen. Wiki tells me that although concept was resurrected for The Thing, there was no actual cross-over between the designs.

    Oh, by the way, I also learned that sometimes a 2x4 parking brake actually can be an upgrade!

  2. 8K each? Pretty optimistic in my book.


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