View original topic: Vintage Thing Television Commericals
markie61 Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:47 pm

I have been looking for vintage VW Thing TV commercials from 73 and 74. Anyone seen them anywhere on the 'net? I have a particularly vivid memory of one going in a tunnel and coming out of the other end without doors/top/windows covered with spots. I wanted one instantly even though I was 12 years old. It made such a lasting impression on me that I bought one as my first car as a 19 year old. And a second one as a mid-life crisis car :roll:

I found 75 vintage television commercials featuring the Beetle from a variety of years and countries. Close, but not quite what I was looking for...

I'm going to email this poster and ask if he has the Thing ones.


markie61 Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:32 am

Heard back from the guy (Paul) today and he says:

"Hi there!

I'm sorry! I posted on youtube all footage I had on my computer! Being a VW fanatic, I am familiar with The Thing. I have not 'the thing' footage or commercials.

The Netherlands"

Oh well....I'll keep on looking.

Towel Rail Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:11 pm

I remember another thread discussing all those fantastic commercials on YouTube. The Thing Shop video has snippets of period Thing commercials -- I wonder if they could help get some of those on the Intarweb...

amishman Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:29 pm


I also remember that commercial about the Thing going through a tunnel. I remember the Thing as a tyke also. Now advance to in my 40s and I own one. Would be cool to see that commercial again.


mr930 Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:05 am

How did you go? Any commercials for us to watch?

Shoyrtt Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:20 am

How about this old Cheez-It's commercial:

Captain Spalding Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:18 pm

Zylinderkopf Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:08 pm

The old Thing commercial is about 35 seconds into this Video (by the way, the whole video is worth watching):

Captain Spalding Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:37 pm

ente_kaefer Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:07 pm

Good clip from DW !! I like the mention of how he wears a coat, hat, and gloves in cold weather, probably as his Dad or maybe Grandfather did 'way back when' when they drove the 'Daddy' of The Thing . . .

jjrannauro Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:56 pm

Here is a German TV commercial. I like it very much.

77kafer Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:10 pm

Clutch check at 32 seconds, could have been a cigarette commercial at 56 seconds. I think she is in love with her vehicle at a minute something.

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