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Volkswagen Country Buggy

1967 Volkswagen Australian Buggy

By MURRAY HUBBARD

apologies to anyone who may happen to own one of vehicles, could this be the car to be given birth in an Australian

A car that only its designer love!

If that were the there would be no Australian Buggies left. The reality is are still quite a few of the original 887 VW Buggy vehicles still our roads.

Beauty, as we know, is in the eye of the We may joke about the Country but were are not the first. That was to its manufacturer, Volkswagen Australia. advertisements from 1967 some insight into marketing of this Aussie-designed Beetle spin-off.

“If you think the Beetle is ugly. a look at this one.

“VW Buggy. The uglier Volkswagen for rugged dirty work.”

VW joked about the Country so did the jokes fly.

The unkind it a Joke. a cross between a and a Moke. The Moke was, of a fun convertible based on a Mini and was of lines and proportions, although it was to cute in appearance.

The Country as its name suggests was intended for duties on Aussie farms.

It did not compete with 4WDs, but good clearance, a light low centre of gravity, wide and the weight over the rear it could go far beyond where a two wheel drive was capable.

The Country Buggy was designed and at VW’s Clayton plant in Melbourne with the first hitting the testing phase in ahead of release in 1967.

than 50,000 kms of testing place. VW were starting a position of strength with the Buggy. The Beetle was in its own right a competitive off-road vehicle. As we about in another article on site, the Beach Buggy is VW based and is perhaps to this day one of the competent vehicles on sand, many four wheel

The Beetle also notched up success in tough trials a Redex around Australia three Mobilgas Trials and an Trial, and took out most of the top This was at a time when Highway Number One was not much than a goat track more than 100 river

So, for a farm-based runabout, the Country had superb DNA.

It’s heritage probably to some extent from the Kubelwagen, a military-style Beetle by both the Wehrmacht and the SS.

Volkswagen Country Buggy

The Australian was smaller, but the lines are similar.

The Buggy was powered by VW’s 1285cc (1300) `flat’ cylinder, air cooled engine, a 1192 cc (1200) was an option.

is wasn’t. Options included the engine, a soft top, and curtains and winter tread There was no standard or optional no doubt discarded as most expected to be open sided. The commercial buggy made its appearance at the 1967 Melbourne Show. The price of the basic Buggy was $1598, but with all it blew out to a massive $1708.

Unfortunately, the Country Buggy’s coincided with hard for Volkswagen Australia as a manufacturer.

It was on the for just eight months the project was pulled.

VW sales on the decline and there was a push by makers introducing small, cars to Australian shores.


shows us 1967 was the year Corolla hit the market.

So this duckling had a brief, but interesting, span in Australian motoring

We found these examples of the Buggy at a recent Gold VW display.

Volkswagen Country Buggy
Volkswagen Country Buggy
Volkswagen Country Buggy

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