There has never been a platform for automotive creativity like the old school VW Bug and Bus. The reality is that there never will be anything like those cars again. While many of the ideas and concepts that were applied to VW pans were terrible some were completely awesome and in our opinion, the Boonie Bug was definitely on the awesome side. This was not a kit car that you called someone and ordered up. Nope, this was a kit car that you built yourself from plans you got from Popular Mechanics Magazine. Can you imagine that there was a time that people were motivated to actually do things by themselves with some guidance from plans. The Boonie Bug is built on a VW Bus pan and looks kind of like a mix between a Brinks truck, a small camper, some sort of kids’ toy, and a baja racer.
This was the type of rig you could throw your stuff in the back of, bounce your way into the woods, the desert, or to the best hidden beach you knew about, and stay in it for the weekend. Who knows how many enterprising Popular Mechanics readers started on these projects and what tiny percentage of them actually got finished but this one sure did and as a testament to the care that this one has gotten and the skill of the builder it exists in fine fashion today. Powered with a fresh engine and bought from the original builder, this is something we’d love to cruise.
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