By Rafaela Kuznec

PART Volkswagen, part camper - the ‘Super Bugger’ might not be your typical choice of car

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Videographer / director: Jimmy Wu

Producer:  Frazer Randalls

Editor: Ian Phillips

 

But Canadian couple, Bill and Sandra, take great pride in owning this unique, rear converted camper vehicle that combines a VW Buggy and an RV into one.

Bill told Barcroft TV: “It’s a 1969 Volkswagen and was a conversion kit that was done in the late 60s early 70s.”

Back in the 1970s, a Californian company had the bright idea to convert the humble box into a piece of art – and they named it a ‘Super Bugger’ - it was later sold for $6,000.

Sandra inherited the bugger after her father’s death, who bought it back in the 80s.

Sandra said: “My dad got it in the early to mid 80s.

“My dad passed away in ‘96 and I got it about ’98’/’99 and he bought it when he was living in California so originally somewhere from Nevada.

“It was in pretty rough shape.

“For the first 10 years, it lived in various people’s garages and outside. And then the last 10 or 11 years, I’ve been seriously restoring it, putting money into it and it’s completed now as of two weeks ago.

“Two weeks ago we got the carpet done and now she’s set.”

Asked to describe the car’s exterior and interior, Bill said: “The doors are nearly five feet high, they are almost ones that you will find at home rather than in the camp.

“The rear has the same engine as Volkswagen’s – 4 cylinder, 1600cc. It runs very well and is easy to maintain.

“The dash is original to a Volkswagen. As you can tell, you can see the speedometer is the same, the gauges, the glove locker. The original wheels, air conditioning unit…

“We have seating for four. We also have a stove and a small sink.

“The table comes down and it can be converted into a bed.

“You don’t really think about it when you don’t have one but since we’ve got one, you’re just happy you can go, sleep in it and cook in it.”

With the front of a Volkswagen Beetle and the back of a camper, the ‘Super Bugger’ turns heads anywhere it goes.

Sandra said: “People just flock to it, smiling.

“Everybody looks at her and wants to see the inside of her.”

Bill added: “And they ask me did we build it and sometimes I lie and say we did but often times I’ll tell the truth and say it was built by an engineer in California.

“He came up with it originally.”

And according to the proud owners, ‘Supper Bugger’ is a rare breed.

Bill said: “Our mechanic gentleman, who’s done a lot of work in refurbishing it, believes there’s only four or five left in this condition.

“There’s a number of them still here, still … if you go online you can see a number of them but not in this shape.”

Sandra added: “She is my little girl, she is precious to me. It’s a fun vehicle to drive around.”