Find of the Day: 1974 Volkswagen Thing Dune Buggy

Built by Tatum Motor Sports in Peoria, Arizona, this Thing is probably unlike any other you have ever seen.  Originally featured in 4×4 and Off Road Magazine back in 2006, it has been completely transformed from a stock 1974 model into a full blown dune buggy at the request (and checkbook) of its then owner of 25 years.  For the transformation, the Thing was completely gutted and replaced with buggy staples like long-travel King Coilovers, custom swing axle-hung drivelines, billet disc brakes and beefy tires.  The interior was also modified for added safety with a custom fabricated roll cage and Gray Renegade seats and Crow Harnesses.  With all that extra mass to move, the original Volkswagen powerplant was ditched in favor of a 2.2 Liter GM Ecotec unit.


In the years since the car was featured, we can’t seem to find much information on the Buggy aside from the for sale ad which popped up on a few days ago.  The listing doesn’t contain much info either, aside from a phone number and contact name.  What the ad does contain, is a price.  At $35,000, we highly doubt that one could recreate something like this for similar money, but at the same time, we know that the market for the Thing has to be quite small.  So while this is insanely cool, we’d rather take our money elsewhere.

Contact information can be found right here on, and additional information can be found here in the republished 4×4 and Off Road article.

Thanks to the Four Wheeler network for providing information on the build and additional images!