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1974 VW Thing - Metallic Green   Price: $12000
This vehicle was purchased nine years ago and has been garaged and well-loved during my tenure of ownership. I have enjoyed the car immensely, but it’s time to pass this beauty on to a new steward. The paint is a metallic green, which is not original, but looks fantastic and seems authentic to the military Kubelwagen heritage. The paint job was commissioned by a prior owner, but it looks professional inside and out. It is based on the “Galapagos Green” paint code seen on older Honda Elements.

The vehicle includes the following features:

Proper rear view mirrors, including the “long arm” passenger side mirror.
Glass windows from the Trim Shop (Thing Shop). Front sliding / rear solid.
Keyed stainless locking gas cap.
Stainless steel divided exhaust, exiting through the rear bumper.
Hitch receiver from the Thing Shop. Can be used for bikes or cargo rack.
Black fiberglass hardtop plus mounting hardware.
Repair, parts, and owners manuals included.

Cosmetically, the vehicle is very clean and substantially free of corrosion. There is the usual bit of oxidation on the floor pan under the battery. The rest of the pan is fine. (Note: I replaced the rear quarter panel on the driver side.) The windshield gasket is dried and cracked, but I have a new one (uninstalled) that comes with the vehicle. I note a small bit of corrosion around the lower corners of the windshield frame (pictured). There are some minor scuffs in the paint from everyday use. The vinyl top is in acceptable condition, but has some frayed/loose seams. I have a fiberglass hardtop and mounting hardware that comes with the vehicle. It is not presently mounted, however.

Mechanically, the car is in good to average condition. The engine is not original to the vehicle, but it is a relatively stock-configured 1600 dual port, series AK148452 (1973). The oil is freshly changed and valves are adjusted. It runs fine and I’ve never had any issues with the motor. The vehicle has a new carb and a rebuilt alternator. One minor annoyance, is the reverse speed occasionally pops out of gear—you can hold the stick in place to mitigate it somewhat. I consulted a VW mechanic on the matter and he explained some of the teeth of the reverse gear are worn. None of the forward speeds are affected, but if you were routinely backing up a steep hill or down a long driveway, it could be a little irritating. At any rate, it has been like that for the time I’ve owned the vehicle. The wiper motor is dead and needs to be rebuilt or replaced—I did have it operating at one point. The horn button and wiper switch have previously been wired up to the dash—a charming eccentricity—but could easily be put back proper. The spare tire is flat, but can likely be resurrected by a tire shop.

Please email any inquiries and I will get back to you via email or phone. It would be nice to pick up in-person, but of course, I’m happy to work with a shipper of your choice (paid by buyer). Thank you for looking!
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