The Volkswagen Thing has always been a little weird. Like the Beetle, it was rear-engined and rear-wheel drive, but it also had four doors and a convertible top. Oh, and it had the ride height to go off-roading. But this particular VW Thing takes the weirdness one step further by swapping its air-cooled flat-four for a turbocharged Mazda rotary. Yep, it's weirdness squared.
with a Buy It Now price of just under $24,000, you can see it's been lifted, with custom wheels and tires perfect for blasting around the dunes. The interior, meanwhile, is sparse but looks to be cleanly done.
The star of the show, however, is the engine. It's a turbocharged Mazda 13B came out of an FC RX-7. Paired with a four-speed transaxle pulled from a VW Type 2, it looks like it would be pretty fun to drive. Cryptically, all the seller has to say about the car is that "this Thing starts, runs, shifts, and drives just like you would expect a rotary powered, fully custom Thing to." As if that's an experience we can all draw on.
That doesn't really tell us much, but we're still intrigued. It's definitely weird—the kind of weird we like.