1974 VW Thing Acapulco Price: $19000
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. 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 think the price is fair given what I have seen other Things go for in various condition, and that it is a genuine Acapulco. I will negotiate on the price only with serious buyers and depending on the ease of the transaction. I will help out with delivery as best as I can. I may even deliver it personally if circumstances are right.
I'm not looking for a trade, but I wouldn't rule it out.
Not included but also available are the following:
(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)
(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)
I will sell each at 65% of The Thing Shop's price, or both at 60%. No shipping, although I may rendezvous with the buyer within reason.