BRUBAKER BOX: THE KOMBI OF THE FUTURE
In 1972 the American designer Curtis Brubaker tried to make a new version of the Volkswagen Kombi
In 1967 Volkswagen presented the second generation of its best-selling Kombi, which hadn't changed much in design compared to the previous series.
To try to create a more innovative variant, the American designer Curtis Brubaker presented in 1972 the Box assembled with components coming from different vehicles.
Specifically, the driver seats were made from the third generation Chevrolet El Camino, the windshield and the front lights were of an AMC Hornet and the rear lights of a Datsun 520.
The front cockpit
Based on the chassis of the Volkswagen Beetle and endowed with the same 44 HP four-cylinder 1.3 8V engine managed by a four-speed manual gearbox, the Box was equipped with a fiberglass body.
The rear cockpit
Three specimens were produced before the company went bankrupt in less than a year, but the project was acquired by Mike Hansen's AutoMecca based in Chatsworth who built another 25 until 1979.
TEST DRIVE OF THE BOX
I have always liked the Box a lot and it is a pity that it has not had greater success, but what do you think of it?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation