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VW Thing – Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

December 21st, 2009 by Nick

VW Thing - Santa Monica

There’s just something about a car being so damn ugly it’s beautiful. If this is a grandfather, the grandson is a steroid-using, metro-sexual, in-the-gym-5-days-a-week H2. Part of “the greatest generation”, where form followed function, this thing sits on the porch, shaking his head, asking himself, “where the hell did we go wrong?” You can call it dated, boxy, ugly or utilitarian, but whatever you do, don’t dare call it unoriginal.

Nick Maggio

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  • Hey Nick…great pix.
    Ian and I caught one of these
    in the Hamptons last winter (same yellow).

    You can’t help but check it out
    when you come across one.
    Ahh, the glory that was VW.

  • A ’73 Thing (the photos above are of a ’74) was my first car, I bought it in about 1995. Sadly I sold it about 6 years later, which was a mistake. It was a hell of a lot of fun.

  • That top shot is stellar. Love the flag, palm trees…Thing..perfect