The Volkswagen we know today follows the same recipe of solid, workmanlike performance and reliability, and sometimes a bit too ordinary. Turn back the clock 40 odd years, however; this couldn't be farther from the truth of today; creations like the dune buggy and the "thing" gave car buyers quirky and colorful choices of motoring that would never see the light of day in modern times. The vehicle we have today is a mix of the custom restomod and features a blend of Volkswagen's quirky dune buggy and unique 181 and comes in the form of this 1973 Volkswagen Thing Restomod. With a reported 20,000 miles, this unique creation was completed last month and is reported to be a Californian street-legal car, albeit modified for off-road driving.
Regardless of what flashy and intimidating vehicles are present off the beaten path, you can rest assured this 1973 Volkswagen Thing Restomod with its red exterior stands out. The current owner reports a new paint job and new lights for better visibility. While it might still sport its iconic design, its lifted stance and unique upgrades make it look like an aggressive off-roader. Sitting in the cockpit of this 1973 Volkswagen Thing Restomod, you instantly feel you are in a rally car. The custom interior is reported to be new and features new bucket seats, a steering wheel, and a sound system with car-to-car radio. If you are worried about safety, the new roll cage and harness seatbelts look the part and aid safety. Concerned about getting lost while off the beaten path? The reported Lowrance GPS in this car sure comes in handy to get you back to civilization.
The custom exterior and interior upgrades are cool, but the reported 3.5 L Cadillac "Shortstar" V6 engine powering this 1973 Volkswagen Thing Restomod provides performance and uniqueness never seen before on a Thing. To make it a better off-roader, the current owner reports new coilovers and a triple bypass suspension for better ground holding and handling characteristics. Speaking of traction, power is sent to the car's rear wheels through a manual transmission, and the whole affair comes to a steady halt with the owner reporting new brakes.
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