1973 Volkswagen Thing Base 1.6l on 2040-cars
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
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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Auto blogMon, 17 Nov 2014
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According to Yahoo Finance, the offerings from the German automakers are up 25 percent over the past three years to over 200 models in Europe. The peak is expected to come around 2018 at 230 separate vehicles, according to consulting company PwC.
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The General Court of the European Union stated, back in March of this year, that Suzuki's GTi registration could not be confused with VW's "Golf GTI." Volkswagen had appealed that ruling, though has now reportedly called off the dogs. In fact, Germany's Die Welt reports that the appeal has been dead for several weeks now.
This news comes amongst continued arbitration acrimony between the two automakers, all revolving around VW's forced divestiture of nearly 20-percent stake it purchased in Suzuki some two years ago.