The Beetle is truly an iconic automobile of Volkswagen. Back in the 1930s, this curvy car was the first car model that Volkswagen ever produced. The word “Volkswagen” is actually a German word that translates to “people’s car.” The purpose of its design was to accommodate everyday families who needed an inexpensive car to get around in. Despite the technology of automobiles being improved throughout the years, the Beetle’s silhouette is mostly still the same as it was back then.
In the 1970s, there were Beetle owners that didn’t want to just drive their vehicles on the city streets. They wanted to take their Beetles off road and travel cross-country in them like an RV. This inspired a third-party company to convert the regular Beetle design into one that was a hybrid between a camper and a Beetle. This hybrid would be called a Super Bugger, or a bug camper. In 1975, a Super Bugger would cost you $6,000. They were constructed with fiberglass paneling and inside contains a small living space which has two seats in the front.
In 2016, there was one couple that still had a Super Bugger that was well maintained and they revealed it to the world at a car show that year. Although it had no space for a bed, it did have a modest kitchen and a tiny living space. But if you want to go cross country in it, you could still be more comfortable in this than in just the Beetle alone.
Inspired by the beloved Volkswagen Beetle, people in the 1970s converted the car into a Super Bugger.
Here’s how the Super Bugger was advertised in the 1970s:
Inside, there’s a small kitchenette—but no room for a bed.
Would you ride in this vintage bug camper?
This video shows another look inside of one: