1973 VW Thing "Some Thing" Hot Vw magazine car California Thing High End Build!!
- Location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Volkswagen
- Model: Thing
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1973
- Mileage: 67,350
- VIN: 1833024654
- Color: Factory Thing White
- Engine size: 1835
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Interior color: Grey
- Vehicle Title: Clear
- Options: CD Player
1973 Volkswagen Thing description
This is one very special Vw Thing nicknamed "Some Thing" it was featured april 2000 in Hot Vw's magazine with a 3 page centerfold! It has been ina private car collection for many years andis nowready to hit the beach again! The Thing is untouched from the original build which took over a year to complete and featured the work of some of California's top builders back in the day including, The Baja Shop (front suspension) Petersen Engineering (rear suspension) Suspension's unlimited (chromoly class 5 trailing arms) Walnut Valley paint and body, Olympic Powdercoatings (front suspension, front and rear bumpers, full roll cage) Auto Upholstery of Orange (two tone interior) Trim Shop (custom top) German Motorworks (side windows) T.J's (complete wiring harness)
There was a lot of money and hard work put into this Thing, it features a built 1835cc power plant. forged crank, Cima pistons/rings, Web-cam, high flow oil pump, dual port heads, 9.5:1 compression, Zenith carb, custom airbox by Petersen Engineering with remote mounted air filter,ceramic coated Petersen Engineering-modified S&S exhaust, etc. etc. IRS transaxle built by Transform of Long Beach, CA with modified gear ratio's, super-diff and welded 3rd/4th gears, Gene Berg short shifter,Brand new Red Top Optima battery with kill switch.
The suspension features a powder coated raised front beam with 1 inch aluminum tie-rods added, along with travel stops and Bilstein shocks, the rear has chromoly class 5-1600 trailing arms (boxed stock width x 1 inch longer) type 3 rear drum brakes and dual Bilstein shocks, riding on BFG all terrain tires mounted on polished aluminum Centerline wheels.
An amazing full roll cage was custom fabricated (covers the entire Thing and ties into the rear suspension!)it ispowder coated in Mercedes silver, along with the front and rear tubular Baja style bumpers which were also powder coated, the front bumper housing dual Hella off road lights.
The interior is beautiful, finished in a two tone grey theme with Beard seats up front, with matching rear seat,custom cut dark grey marine carpeting, Simpson racing harness seatbelts, an Alpine cd player has been added with Sirrius satellite radio, custom kick panelMemphis speakers up front and two boxed 6x9's in the rear. A custom full top was made including removable half windows on all 4 doorsalso includinga custom rear boot to hold the top when the full convertible is being utilized.
The body and paint were done by Walnut Valley Auto Body there was a lot of emphasis put on straight body panels and once they were happy with the primered shell it was finished in 1973 factory Thing white.
This is a fantastic opportunity to buy a very special VW Thing thatispart of California's VW history anddeep rooted California VW community. This Thinghashad some of the very best California custom builders add there special touches toit which makes it a one of a kind to say the least!
The Thing runs and drives like the day it was built, it feels super tight on the road and you can tell it was professionally built, the interior is perfect, the top has some wear and the paint has some cracking, overall excellent for thecomplete nut and bolt restoration being finished over17 years ago.This Thing turns heads all day and is ready for a new adventure. Clean California title in hand, smog exempt, turn key ready to go! contact 5 6 2 5 69 6449 I am located in Huntington Beach, Southern California
Bidders with less than 5 feedback contact me prior to bidding,have the funds in order prior to bidding, this Thing is ready for a new home!