It's Your Thing. Do what you want to do. Ride of the Week


The Volkswagen Type 181 or 'THING" is a two-wheel drive, four-door VW made from 1968 to 1983. Originally developed for the West German Army, it entered the civilian market as the the Thing in the United States (1973–74). Civilian sales ended after model year 1980.

1970s ad for the VW Thing

This Laguna Beach VW Thing was purchased new by the consignor in 1973 at Mohave VW, Kingman Arizona and he has cared for it ever since. The consignor commissioned a complete restoration by well known specialist Greg and Arta Melikyn which included a complete respray in Viper Yellow.  

Custom additions include installation of a custom roll cage, custom 20 gallon fuel tank, updated 2276 CC engine with dual carburetors, rebuilt transmission with 3.88 final gear, front disc brakes, Alpine sound system with CD and booster, custom bumpers, custom glass windows, custom dash and gauges, and new seats.

With a 4- speed manual,  2.2 Liter 4 engine and 98000 miles, this Thing is an ultimate Southern California driving machine.   It's currently offered at $32995 from Laguna Classic Cars & Automotive Art Inc. located at 2171 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach. 

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