Used Volkswagen Thing

Volkswagen Thing 150
The Volkswagen Thing is an attention-grabbing car, especially for automobile enthusiasts with a penchant for old vehicles which bring with them a piece of history and which can be restored or customized. The Thing was an updated version of the Kubelwagen wartime jeep that German soldiers used during World War II. In 1969, the slightly modified form called "Kubelwagen Model 181" was created in 1969, which was then sold to the Americans as the Thing.

Literally meaning "bucket wagon,” the Thing became known by other names in other countries. The compact military vehicle was fashioned after Volkswagen's Beetle Type 1.. The car’s features of the car had marked variations from one country to another. In Europe, it became known as VW 181 and utilized for off-road applications. The UK market had a right-hand version called the Trekker. All versions do carry the Volkswagen performance features and “people’s car” character. The Volkswagen Thing had been used in countless movies.

Est. Price Range for Used Volkswagen Thing: $20,000-$40,000
Est. MPG for Volkswagen Thing: 22 City/33 Hwy
Below are Pre-Owned Volkswagen Thing from Ebay and 2 of the top used-car sites on the web:

Volkswagen : Thing Standard 1974 vw thing
Volkswagen : Thing Standard 1974 vw thing $4,350.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-29-2015 17:34:35 PST
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Volkswagen : Beetle - Classic Thing, year: 1973 Volkswagen Thing
Volkswagen : Beetle - Classic Thing, year: 1973 Volkswagen Thing $18,000.00
End Date: Friday Jan-30-2015 5:03:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18,000.00
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Volkswagen : Thing 4 dr One Family Since New!! Califonia Raised!!
Volkswagen : Thing 4 dr One Family Since New!! Califonia Raised!! $11,700.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Feb-2-2015 17:50:49 PST
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Volkswagen : Thing 4 DOOR CONV GORGEOUS RARE RESTORED 1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING TYPE 181 CONVERTIBLE NICE !!
Volkswagen : Thing 4 DOOR CONV GORGEOUS RARE RESTORED 1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING TYPE 181 CONVERTIBLE NICE !! $12,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-4-2015 19:00:00 PST
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Volkswagen : Other MicroBus Micro Bus 21-Window Deluxe Fully Restored VW Thing Upgraded Manual Transmission
Volkswagen : Other MicroBus Micro Bus 21-Window Deluxe Fully Restored VW Thing Upgraded Manual Transmission $81,100.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-31-2015 12:22:45 PST
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  • keith desrochers

    I have Very rare 1973 Volkswagon Thing you dont see many of these. This was an off the frame rebuild in 1995.
    With a total rebuild including the engine all new drive train Have pictures of the entire process. It was driven 100 miles and Garaged till now. Need to sell for 12,000 this Thing is all new have pictures of resturation and finished Thing