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1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing Cabriolet / 1842320865 Vehicle Information

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing photograph

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing photograph

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing photograph

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing
Sold for $9,350 at 2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale.
Sold for $27,500 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction.
The Volkswagen Thing had several names; in West Germany it was called the Kurierwagen, the Trekker in the UK, and the Safari in Mexico. It shared its floor pan with the Type 1 Karmann-Ghia and flat-four engine and transaxle layout with the Beetle. The Thing was available in the United States for just three years.

This particular Thing is a rust-free example with all its original parts. It was given a bare-metal refinish in the original Sunshine Yellow and the floor was media-blasted and coated with a Kevlar weatherproof texture. The seats were professionally reupholstered using original Volkswagen materials in the special-order, two-tone waterproof yellow plaid and black motif. Options on this vehicle include the plaid waterproof seating surfaces, one-year-only black Euro-spec door handles and light housings and running boards. Both the engine and four-speed manual gearbox have been fully rebuilt. The underpinnings were fully rebuilt. The engine is a 1.6-liter air-cooled flat-four engine offering 46 horsepower. At all four-corners are hydraulic brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2018



2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $55,000 
Sale Price :
USD $27,500

2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale

Sale Price :
USD $9,350

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1974 sales)
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$15,400
  2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$14,850
  2021 Mecum : Dallas
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$17,600
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$20,900
  2020 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$18,700
  2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$25,300
  2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$29,700
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Chassis#: 1842403202
Sold for USD$27,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$18,150
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$7,900
  2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842403052
Sold for USD$25,300
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco Edition
Chassis#: 1842542990
Sold for USD$50,400
  2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing
Chassis#: 1842403052
Sold for USD$16,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$24,500
  2019 GAA : July 2019
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$12,100
  2019 Mecum Portland
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842542756
Sold for USD$20,900
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842403202
Sold for USD$20,350
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1974 Volkswagen Type 181 – Beach Thing
Chassis#: 184252287
Sold for USD$11,760
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing image  1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing image  
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$13,500
  2019 GAA : March 2019
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CVTBLE
Sold for USD$11,025
  2019 McCormick's - # 66
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2020 Mecum : Indy$19,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$7,500  
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$9,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING 4 DOOR 2018 McCormick's # 65$16,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2018 Mecum : Denver$11,500  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2018 Carlisle Auction : Spring   
1974 Volkswagen Thing Type 181 Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$10,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$17,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $16,000$22,000
1974 VW Thing 2017 Silver Auction Arizona in March 2017   
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2017 Silver Auction Arizona in March 2017$10,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 18 THING 2017 Leake Auction OKC Fairgrounds$8,500  
1974 Volkswagen Thing18425439652017 Mecum : Los Angeles$14,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing1842542542E2016 Mecum : Anaheim$10,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2016 Mecum : Dallas$27,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$19,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CVTBLE 2016 McCormick's Palm Springs # 60$11,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CVTBLE 2016 McCormick's Auction # 60$11,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN ACAPULCO THING 2015 McCormick's Auction # 59$14,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING1842542542E2015 Mecum Anaheim$11,000  
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING 2015 Mecum Anaheim$19,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$9,600  
1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco18425426482014 Mecum : Anaheim$22,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2014 Silver Auction Sun Valley$7,500  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2014 Leake Auction : Tulsa$29,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2014 Leake Auction : Tulsa$16,000  
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible 2014 Auctions America Auburn Spring$8,500  
1974 Volkswagen Thing 2014 Silver Auction DAA Big Sky$5,100  
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$12,000  

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1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing vehicle thumbnail image  1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing vehicle thumbnail image  
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