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1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing Cabriolet

  • Chassis Number: 1842543056 E
Volkswagen's 'The Thing' was only sold in the United States for just two years - 1973 and 1974. It was a utilitarian vehicle with West German military roots and unorthodox styling that found a niche in the counter-culture spirit of the 1960s and 1970s. It was versatile, rugged, fun, and adorned with a selection of vibrant 1970s color schemes. It had a foldable windshield, removable doors, a removable soft top, and a spartan interior.

This particular Volkswagen Type 181 The Thing was built as a 1974 model for export in left-hand drive (Typ 181) configuration. It has been given a restoration and refinished inside and out in a deep blue paint scheme. The interior has been reupholstered in black vinyl and features a black folding convertible top. The wheels have been upgraded from steel to aluminum, refinished to match the vibrant body color, and feature BF Goodrich Baja Champion All-Terrain tires.

The engine is built on a Type 1 'E0' 1,300 cc air-cooled flat-four engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2024

2024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $20,000-USD $25,000 
Sale Price :
USD $24,640

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Volkswagen Type 181 Thing

(Data based on Model Year 1974 sales)
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842320974
Sold for USD$39,600
  2024 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842468524
Sold for USD$19,800
  2024 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1974 Volkswagen Type 181 The Thing
Chassis#: 1842543056 E
Sold for USD$24,640
  2024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia
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1974 Volkswagen Thing
Chassis#: 1842467994
Sold for USD$37,400
  2024 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Chassis#: 1842544390
Sold for USD$30,800
  2024 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Chassis#: 1842468524
Sold for USD$17,600
  2023 Mecum : Monterey
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING ACAPULCO EDITION CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842544260
Sold for USD$23,100
  2023 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842320974
Sold for USD$30,800
  2023 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$12,100
  2023 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$16,500
  2022 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING ACAPULCO EDITION CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1842543039
Sold for USD$44,000
  2022 Barrett-Jackson : Houston
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$23,100
  2022 Mecum : Fountain City
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$31,900
  2022 Mecum : Orlando
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Custom
Sold for USD$29,700
  2022 Mecum : Houston
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$34,100
  2022 Mecum : Houston
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing
Sold for USD$30,800
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible
Sold for USD$27,500
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
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
 

Volkswagen Type 181 Things That Failed To Sell At Auction

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1974 Volkswagen Thing Convertible18424708862024 Mecum : Houston$30,000  
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  

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