1973 VW Thing: Over-Enjoyed


A VW Thing is meant to be used in good health, but in this case, it’s perhaps been taken to the extreme. While thankfully safely stored indoors, the Thing found here on eBay is in need of some serious restoration, but may be better suited as a parts car. After seeing a young man and his girl ripping around my neighborhood in a Thing that was coated in flat-green paint, I couldn’t help but think how much fun one of these military-grade vehicles would be to own; however, given their frequent use as a way to explore the great outdoors, these open-air VWs tend to be exposed to the elements with many ending up like this example on eBay. Hopefully, the happy memories it cultivated will live on in a more rust-free chassis when its useful parts are inevitably stripped. Thanks to Barn Find reader Jim S. for the find.


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  1. redwagon

    are you kidding me? have you seen how these things rust? any thing is a parts car unless it’s already restored.

  2. Wade Treadway

    I’m sorry, but Volkswagens in general were death traps. This wretched “Thing” was even worst. Lost two very good friends who had the misfortune to be driving in one. Restored it should be parked in the living room and never driven.

  3. George

    Looking at the shape of the rockers and the general rust, I’d say parts car. No shots of the pan, but I would imagine it’s worse. Given the rollcage in the back, I would say it was likely driven hard and put away wet.

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