1974 VW Thing Acapulco Price: $18750
If you think you have seen this ad before, you're probably right. I had this for sale in 2017 and thought there was no interest in it. Unfortunately, I was checking the wrong email address. My apologies to those who inquired.
I deactivated the ad when my daughter got engaged as she wanted Thing to be part of her wedding. That was three weeks ago. Below is the original ad with updates like the 500-600 miles it has been driven since a year ago including this gorgeous weekend. It stays in an enclosed storage otherwise.
Up for sale is my 1974 VW Thing Acapulco. It has a clear title in my name. It comes with the soft top that is pictured. I bought it in 2013. It was solid then, but it is better now. I keep it in an enclosed storage facility when not driving it.
Starting in 2015, I made some notable changes. With the odometer reading 03145, the owner of the VW specialized shop I have been going to since 1988 built a 2110cc engine for Thing. At that same time, a fresh transaxle was ordered and installed. As of the placing of this ad, I have only driven it 900 miles (now 1,400-1,500 miles). It drives nicely in all situations. There are no drips, and no loss of oil.
Besides the stock speedometer, a VDO tachometer, a VDO oil temperature, and a VDO oil pressure gauges have been neatly added.
Thing also has front disc brakes, 15-inch chrome wheels, and fairly new Yokohama tires.
Thing has rubber floor mats from The Thing Shop. It came with duck boards. I didn't like them. If I still have them, they go with the car.
I believe the top and the curtains were fairly new to the previous owner because they are in excellent shape and are clear to see through. As you can see from the pics, the top's frame is unbent -- the curtains line up with the top as they should with no gaps.
The chassis is solid as I tried to capture in one of my pics.
I also added Hella H4 headlights. I replaced the H4 bulbs with LEDs, and night vision is greatly enhanced without blinding oncoming cars (unless you leave the high beams on).
I took the radio out, but it is still wired with speakers.
I will help out with delivery as best as I can.
I'm not looking for a trade, but I wouldn't rule it out.
Not included but also available:
(1) a Bimini top (often mistakenly called a bikini top) from The Thing Shop in Acapulco white and blue stripes (hasn't been taken out its box as of this update, but I may do so for a photo shoot)
(2) highback bucket front seats from The Thing Shop in Acapulco white and blue stripes (still has the plastic covering as they were never installed as of this update, but I may do so for a photo shoot)
The Bimini top is far more functional than the clumsy, fixed Surrey top some Acapulco models still have. The top and/or the highback seats are pick-up only if purchased separately from the Thing.
Also, I have decided to accept PayPal (provided PayPal fees are added), or a personal check (funds must clear before title is transferred and Thing is released). I have a clear Maryland title in my name with no liens attached.