VW Thing Convertible

VW Things Sell at Barrett-Jackson Auction

Two VW Things sold at the same Barrett-Jackson auction where, as we recently reported, a 1963 VW Microbus sold for US$126,500.

Classic Car Photography delights in different and special classic cars, so we couldn’t resist sharing the details of these quite different Volkswagens.

Barrett-Jackson described Lot 58.1 – a 1973 Volkswagen Thing Convertible as follows:

It has been built up to 2276cc. New components include 82mm Empi counter-weighted crank, Empi H-beam rods, CIMA forged pistons and cylinders, Engle cam, ported and polished 40×35.5 dual spring Empi heads, dual 44 Weber carburetors with K&N air filters, 3/8 Chromoly push rods, solid shafts and swivel feet. Full flowed, clearanced and balanced by J.D. Machine of Lake Havasu City, AZ. Engine is also sand-sealed with stock size aluminum pulley, 8 dowel lightened flywheel with Stage 1 Kennedy pressure plate and heavy duty gland nut. Included is 009 distributor with Comp-u-Fire, doghouse oil-cooled, 11/2 quart oil sump, Empi aluminum valve covers, breather box and HPC coated The Thing Shop exhaust. Engine is completed with all original Thing sheet metal and all powdercoated. The transmission is an off-road IRS Type I transaxle that includes a 412 Klinkenberg ring and pinion, McKenzie’s Super-Diff, 091 first gear, close ratio 148/114 McKenzie’s 3rd and 4th, welded hubs, steel shift forks, Think flanges, welded cross-shaft, heavy duty side cover, new synchros, seals and gaskets, solid mounts, new shift coupler and shift bushing. The suspension includes the original VW Thing front end with adjusters, new ball joints, tie rod ends and steering box, 4 KYB gas adjust shocks, boxed rear trailing arms, 4 new Thing 411 CVs and boots. Also new are 4 new wheel cylinders and brake lines, new wheel bearings, front and rear, NOS Thing drums, powder coated inside and out, McKenzie’s wood-woven shoes, new master cylinder, rebuilt pedal assembly, new steering coupler and new steering stabilizer. All suspension pieces were media blasted and powdercoated. The suspension is completed with 4 new polished 5 lug Centerline wheels and stud kit for wheels mounted with new Mickey Thompson 30 x 7 x 15 Off-Road Mud Terrain Tires. The original spare wheel is included. All original body parts, fenders and bumpers.

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VW Thing Convertible

VW Thing Convertible

This VW Thing sold for US$14,300.

Click Here to visit the Barrett-Jackson website entry for this VW Thing.

The second VW Thing was Lot 73 – a 1973 VW Thing Acapulco Recreation – which Barrett-Jackson described as:

VW Thing meticulously restored in Acapulco style and flavor. This Acapulco re-creation features the eye-popping blue and white paint job and open air surrey top with its unmistakable blue and white stripes and matching interior. Four removable door and five person capacity was the priority of the original Las Brisas hotel for ease carrying newlyweds and vacationers, and their beach gear, to the resort amenities. This particular 1973 Thing has been privileged to a complete body-off restoration. Powdercoated pan and many suspension pieces make this vehicle look as nice on the bottom as the top. Every piece has been replaced, painted or plated. Rebuilt original style 1,600cc engine with Thing case numbers. Factory two-tip exhaust and correct air cleaner and tins. Rebuilt transmission, Thing specific heavy duty CV’s and stub axles. All new rubbers and seals. Powdercoated wheels and drums. All new brakes. Rebuilt front and rear suspension.

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VW Thing Acapulco Recreation

VW Thing Acapulco Recreation

This VW Thing sold for US$18,700.

Click Here to visit the Barrett-Jackson website entry for this VW Thing.

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