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Rare 1970s Volkswagen Beetles Converted Into Mobile Homes, A.K.A. “Bug Campers”
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Rare 1970s Volkswagen Beetles Converted Into Mobile Homes, A.K.A. “Bug Campers”

Most people probably associate Volkswagen with its iconic Beetle. However, only a few know that in the 1970s people used to transform their little “bugs” into Super Buggers. These hybrid RVs were used for cross-country trips and the bugs-on-drugs looked like VW Microbus’ little brother.

The first VW Beetle was constructed in the 1930s, but The Super Bugger was the brainchild of a third party company that made and sold the unusual vehicle for $6,000 in 1975 (which is about $32,000 in today’s economy). They used fiberglass paneling to build a small living space behind the front seats, and those who liked to travel would insert either a mini-bedroom or a modest kitchen inside to ride with convenience.

(h/t mymodernmet)

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Image credits: mystarcollectorcar

Image credits: Mechanix Illustrated

Image credits: Mechanix Illustrated

Image credits: Mechanix Illustrated

Image credits: mystarcollectorcar

Image credits: mystarcollectorcar

Image credits: Epilog79

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John L
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5 years ago

When I bought my Super Beetle in late '71, there was one of these in the lot on display. After checking out the inside, I bought a pop-up camper to go with the Bug. It was much more flexible and comfortable.

Hazel Waring
Community Member
5 years ago

I would in no way go anywhere near a van labelled "Super Bugger". On an unrelated note, I'm English.

ADHORTATOR
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5 years ago

There was a time when nobody cared for safety....

ADHORTATOR
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5 years ago

..... but I love them!

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

When I bought my Super Beetle in late '71, there was one of these in the lot on display. After checking out the inside, I bought a pop-up camper to go with the Bug. It was much more flexible and comfortable.

Hazel Waring
Community Member
5 years ago

I would in no way go anywhere near a van labelled "Super Bugger". On an unrelated note, I'm English.

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 years ago

There was a time when nobody cared for safety....

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 years ago

..... but I love them!

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