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1973 Volkswagen Thing Base 1.6l on 2040-cars

Year:1973 Mileage:383221
Location:

Silver City, New Mexico, United States

Silver City, New Mexico, United States

Changing projects and this is a hard one for me to let go.  I just love this Thing. This one has been around in the desert southwest since new. Body work and repaint needed, if you want a show car—it was this way when I got it in 2007.  Several years ago, I replaced the soft top and restored the seats with parts from the Thing Shop – but there has been some sun damage since then.  I’ve done lots to this Thing over the years.  New everything on the front end including a new steering gear.  I had the motor converted to alternator to have enough power for the headlights lights, the Hella flood lights and stereo at the same time.  It has a S&S merged header exhaust system with duel mufflers. I also built some Duck Boards out of old growth redwood for the floorboard.

Windows:  I have the side curtains, two of which are sliding Plexiglas and two are vinyl like the rear window on the soft top.

Hardtop:  Comes with a fiberglass hard top as well (I purchased from Mexico).  Very, very rare style, unlike any I’ve seen.  It resembles the higher-quality VW top, but with an extra detail molded in on top for a rack.  I have the tinted side glass, but not the rear window. It was a restoration project that I never finished.

Wheels:  The wheels are Rare 15” mid-50’s, slotted VW “Crow’s Feet” that are 4 1/2 ” wide (wheels that are mounted on the car.) Also comes with a custom set of widened VW bus slotted wheels that are 6 1/2 ” wide (for that custom look.) I really wanted to put some off road tire on her. I’ll even throw in an adapter to allow spin balancing of tires. It’s a necessary thing these days.

Extra Parts: Attached removable, strong box for storage that fits behind the rear seats that is pad lockable. I have an extra hood, two extra doors, wheels and hubcaps plus a few boxes of other miscellaneous parts. There’s even a rare set of military 181 brackets for a skid plate mounted on the front beam that I bought from a guy overseas.

Tow Bar: It comes with a tow bar that attaches to the front beam – just drive over and tow her home. 

It currently drips oil (most VWs do.) It needs a good set of tires.

NOTE: Photos of Hard Top and extra parts - COMING SOON - or email for photos or questions.  

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Volkswagen breaks 40-year-old sales record in 2012

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:00:00 EST

The last time Volkswagen moved this many vehicles in America in one year, Richard Nixon was still a President in good standing, Let It Be was a radio hit and each car wearing the VW badge boasted an air-cooled engine. That's right, with a grand total of 580,286 vehicles sold in the US last year, the VW Group has broken its own four-decades-old sales record by 2,899 vehicles.
Of that 580k total sold, 438k were Volkswagens and 139k were Audi products - increases of 35.1 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively, in year-over-year sales. The ultra-premium members of the VW group also fared well; Bentley delivered 2,315 vehicles for a 23.3-precent increase, and Lamborghini delivered 520 units for a 52.9-percent jump. Bugatti, we're told is "right on track."
Jetta (pictured) sales paced the marque with 170k models sold, and Passat also finished very strong with sales of 117k total. Tiguan also racked up its best year on file, with 31,731 models shifted.

VW Up Buggy may be headed to showrooms

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:29:00 EST

Volkswagen showed six conceptual takes on its Up at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, one of those being the Up Buggy. Although few will probably remember it, VW has not forgotten it, applying for a patent for the Meyers Manx revival roadster way back in March 2012 and being approved in June of this year, according to a report in Autocar. That will give the automaker a 14-year lock on the design while it decides whether to move forward with a reboot of its past.
A patent doesn't mean the Up Buggy will ever move beyond the sheet-of-paper stage, but Autocar says VW is studying the market to see if a production version is feasible. We can't see North America ever getting it, but even so, we wouldn't complain if they made it - especially if they put an exposed engine in back that was set off by 18-inch-long twin tailpipes jutting straight up into the air. However, for a company that aims to be the world's number-one automaker by 2018, a niche vehicle for its mass-market brand would be a surprising use of resources.

Volkswagen Golf R wagon promises to be fast and functional [w/poll]

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:29:00 EST

Volkswagen's array of performance-oriented Golfs keeps getting bigger and bigger. What started with the GTI has since grown to include the diesel GTD, the hybrid GTE and the most powerful Golf R. But the additions haven't all come down to powertain. There's been cabrio versions of the GTI and Golf R as well, but before all is said and done, there will be one more bodystyle to join the lineup.
That, according to these latest spy shots, would be the Golf R Variant. For those unfamiliar, Variant is what Volkswagen calls the wagon version of the Golf (in some markets, anyway). It offers the Golf Variant with a variety of engines, but as the spy shots reveal, it is now working on bringing the Golf Variant and the Golf R together into one high-powered, long-roofed model.
The VW Golf R Variant would in all likelihood pack the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the hatchback, splitting 290 horsepower between all four wheels. Only in the wagon, it would offer that extra bit of utility. Of course there's no guarantee that Volkswagen would offer the Golf R Variant in the North American market, but considering that the Golf R hatchback will soon be joined in American showrooms by the Golf SpotWagen (as it's tipped to be called here) in place for the Jetta wagon, the possibility is definitely there.