No Reserve: 1973 Volkswagen Thing
- Chassis: 1832346805
- 1,300 Miles Shown, TMU
- Replacement 2,300cc Flat-Four
- Four-Speed Manual Transaxle
- Dual Weber 44 Carburetors
- Orange Paint
- Gray Cloth Upholstery
- Black Soft Top
- 15" Aluminum Wheels
- Roll Bar
- Stainless-Steel Exhaust System
- Front Shoulder Harnesses
- VDO Gauges
- Aftermarket Audio System
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This 1973 Volkswagen Thing is finished in orange and is powered by a replacement 2,300cc flat-four mated to a four-speed manual transaxle. Features include a black convertible top, dual Weber 44 carburetors, a stainless-steel exhaust system, Bilstein shocks, 15″ steel wheels, a roll cage, body-color fender flares, steel bumpers, high-back bucket seats, front shoulder harnesses, and an aftermarket stereo. The car was acquired by the seller in 2020, and service performed in May 2021 reportedly included installing tie rods as well as upper and lower ball joints. This Thing is now offered at no reserve with a service manual, spare parts, and a clean Colorado title in the seller’s name.
The car was repainted orange with body-color fender flares under previous ownership. Features include a black soft top, a roll cage, and dual exhaust tips exiting through the steel rear bumper.
Staggered-width 15″ aluminum wheels are mounted with 205/75 GT Touring V-plus tires up front and 255/70 Winston Premier tires out back. The tie rods as well as the upper and lower ball joints are said to have been replaced in May 2021. The suspension was modified with Bilstein shocks under previous ownership.
The interior features body-color steel surfaces as well as high-back bucket seats upholstered in gray cloth. Features include front Deist harnesses, an aftermarket stereo and speakers, and a pair of VDO auxiliary gauges.
A four-spoke steering wheel frames a VDO 100-mph speedometer with an inset fuel level gauge. The five-digit mechanical odometer shows 1,300 miles, approximately 800 of which were added by the seller. Total mileage is unknown.
The air-cooled 2,300cc flat-four features dual Weber 44 carburetors and is said to have been built by Bergmann VW of Homeland, California, before being installed in 2001. Power is routed through a four-speed manual transaxle reportedly sourced from a VW bus. Work performed in October 2021 included installing replacement J-tubes as well as a Vintage Speed stainless-steel exhaust system.
Additional underbody photographs are provided in the gallery below.