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A cross a jeep and a moke, the Australian Buggy was never given a

When we think of Volkswagen two vehicles come to mind: the Beetle and of course the ubiquitous .

At the recent Klubfest held at on the the Gold Coast, it was fascinating to see how incarnations VW has had over the years Karman Ghias. Kombis as utes, twin cab utes, movers, vans, beach or buggies, sedans, three bikes.

VW engines have been to just about everything two wheels to four.

Tucked on its own at the show organised by the VW Club and the Club, was one Australian-designed and built VW was rare when it was produced, let more than 40 years on.

It was the Country Buggy, just 887 were built and sold in

Put politely, the buggy was not the most car produced here, or anywhere

It was designed and built at VW’s plant in suburban Melbourne the first prototype hitting the phase in 1965 ahead of a in 1967.

As its name indicates, the buggy was for rural use but not the extreme stuff a 4WD would still be required.

In sense it was probably the equivalent of the day `soft roader’ style

But, anyone who has had anything to do light-bodied VWs knows they are competent off-roaders, with all the weight over the rear good ground clearance and entry and departure angles.

worth mentioning that in the VW Beetles won the Redex Trial, Mobilgas trials and and Ampol and also took out most of the top

That was in an era when Highway One was little more than a track with more 100 river crossings.

There’s doubt the Australian Country had its roots in this success, and as a flow-on from the Volkswagen a military-style Beetle used by the Wehrmacht and the SS.

Volkswagen Country Buggy

The Aussie buggy was a smaller vehicle having two doors while the above vehicles had four doors. It was by VW’s proven 1285cc four-cylinder, air-cooled engine, a 1192cc (1200) engine was available.

The car was, by any measure, spartan it came to instruments or comfort.

included the smaller engine, a top and side curtains and winter tyres. There was no standard or heater.

The first commercial made its public appearance at the Melbourne Motor Show.

At the the little buggy was described as a between a Jeep and a Moke the described it as a Joke.


The little was far from a joke, but its demise eight months after was cruel.

VW sales were on the decline and in VW was in turmoil.

The buggy’s timing not have been worse. As the looked for answers, one easy was the Country Buggy.

Newspaper ads that time provide an into VW’s marketing: you think the Beetle is ugly. a look at this one. VW Buggy. The uglier Volkswagen for rugged dirty work.”

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