• Apr 4, 2011
1973 Volkswagen Bugster – Click above for high-res image gallery

This is a melding of two seemingly very different cars we can get behind. The melding of one car's running gear and another's body isn't a new practice, but so often it turns out terribly. Need an example? Check out the dozens of F-Body Chevrolet Camaro coupes with 4x4 running gear that haunt the depths of the world's internet forums.

This isn't a hack job, this is is the sort of hybrid we can throw our enthusiastic support behind. The body started life atop a humble 1973 Volkswagen Beetle chassis, while the running gear saw duty under a 2000 Porsche Boxster convertible's skin. The car was created by Siegfried Rudolf, who owns CarMaxx, an Austrian company that restores and customizes Porsche and Volkswagen cars.

Rudolf apparently got the idea after parking his restored Beetle next to his wife's Boxster and noted a striking similarity in their wheelbases. After countless hours with a measuring tape, a Sawzall and a welder, Rudolf had the Bugster, a mid-engined 270-horsepower 1973 VW Beetle.

From off, the car looks like a nicely restored, slightly modified Bug. Up close, though, the enormous side vents, 18-inch wheels and Porsche dashboard start to hint at this thing's dirty little secret. The car sports custom fenders to properly cover its wider track and wheels, and the whole set up rides on a fully-adjustable suspension. Delicious. Thanks for the tip, Rui!



[Source: Bugster via FirstSuperCars]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      With the wider-set headlights, it makes the car look a little dimwitted. They should have used a non-Super Beetle and put the extra fender width outside of the lights.

      Someone tell Rudolf that I'm under-employed and ready to start immediately.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid(!) . . . but, I gotta' admit it's funny.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha - I'm not much of a bug fan, but that's a pretty cool idea.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you say autocross..... This would be a great toy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly when VW announces its new bug in a few weeks... this is not what we'll be getting.
        • 3 Years Ago
        actually, this is cooler than any new vw out!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Now that is what a SUPER Beetle really ought to be...
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is so much cooler than the new VW version.

        Awesome!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, I heard the new beetle might be avaible with the engine from the TT RS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait until Jeremy Clarkson gets wind of this (if he hasn't already)...Hammond will never hear the end of it. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love super beetles. My ultimate dream super beetle is an electric conversion that looks basically stock.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing reminds me of my favourite Karmann Ghia. I'd love to see this bug on a tight racing track.

      Here is a video (german) of the Karmann Ghia.
      http://www.motorvision.de/videos/tracktest-vw-karmann-ghia-ein-karmann-ghia-greift-die-bestzeit-an-denn-er-ist-vollgestopft-mit-feinster-porsche-technik,1363.html
        • 3 Years Ago
        I love the bug, but I have always liked the looks of the Karmann Ghia. I have desire...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is so full of win.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't hate it as much as I feel like I should.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's not my type of car at all, I really shouldn't like it, but i LOVE it. I covet a Bugster! I'm gonna have to chop a new one once the new New Beetle's hi-res photos are out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        But the comment about the 40s/50s Beetle body being used instead, might have been great too. I'd love to see this badass Bugster with a split rear window and flat windshield.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ***** Artisan quality
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