Well, first things first….
I owned this orange 1974 Volkswagen Thing (aka Kübelwagen) from 1986 until about 2002.
I bought this 1974 VW Thing in 2004 and still own it…
The VW Thing was imported into the United States for model years 1973 and 1974. The 1973 was noteworthy for its gas heater, which was discontinued for the 1974 version. The 1974 models came equipped with the typical VW heater boxes (as found on the Beetle).