VERY NICE TYPE 181 THING, STRONG 1600CC, STRAIGHT CAR, APPRECIATING CLASSIC!
For the right person, this is just The Thing! But puns aside, the 1973 Volkswagen Type 181 (AKA "Thing") is one of those cool factory variations on the Beetle that utilized its bulletproof engineering to the max. As a result these are both highly useful and a rapidly appreciating classic.
The Thing is very memorable, but was only officially imported for two years. That's why you don't see too many of them out in the classic car circles. These were originally built purely for function. Those ribs in the straight metal panels provide added strength, the windshield folds down like a Jeep, and all four doors are removable and interchangeable. But just like the original Beetle, we found a personality in all of this purpose. Maybe it was the electric paint colors like this yellow... Maybe it's this car's sunny day soft top nature... Maybe it's the hints of Beatle in the bright headlights and door handles. Who knows? All we can say is that everyone can't help but smile when they see a complete Thing like this one pass by.
Inside the basic elements are easily recognizable from other parts of the VW lineup. The steering wheel, speedometer, and gearshift are quite familiar. The rugged vinyl seats look new as does the folding soft top that also goes over the rollbar that was added for extra safety. That makes up most of the simple interior. These are all about being as basic as a Jeep because they have a similar rugged reputation all over Europe. What that means for today's driving experience is that you're not afraid to hop in on a whim and run errands or go to the beach. There's nothing shiny to attract thieving eyes or major components to get sun faded, so you won't get nervous about driving or parking this anywhere.
The real heart of the go anywhere at anytime feeling comes from the familiar air-cooled 1600 cc VW motor. It's no surprise that the Thing shares many components with the Beatle so it has a similar reputation for a rugged drivetrain and easy maintenance. This is linked to the sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission, which allows you to get the most out of the motor. It feels airy and nimble on the road, but this is truly built to be capable when the pavement ends, too. The Thing's higher ground clearance is further enhanced by large 15-inch steel wheels, and the wider rear tires work nicely in conjunction with the weight of the rear-mounted engine to improve traction.
The Type 181 Thing is one of those great cars that has a breezy nature but is backed up by solid engineering. It's an easy to own and easy to love appreciating classic...and of you're quick enough, it can be all yours. Call today!!!
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