The VW Beetle Is Not The Camper We Were Expecting

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Despite losing rear seats, it's more practical than ever.

The Volkswagen Beetle was never a car that was designed to be multi-purpose. Looking past its shady inception, the original Beetle was a car meant to provide cheap and affordable transport to the masses - nothing more. However, people love to tinker, and Beetles of all ages have been heavily modified, restored, raced, or otherwise repurposed. Someone even decided it could be cool as a pickup and rendered the most recent shape of the Beetle as such. Today though, we look at a car that got the pickup treatment in real life. Things didn't stop there either, and this creation by Modern Classic Rides is now the perfect weekend getaway vehicle.

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The man in charge of this project was Steve Goodfellow who decided that the 2000 Beetle GLX you see above needed more than just a body-style alteration and went about converting this hatch to a pickup and then to a camper, making it a truly one-of-a-kind machine. It's pretty well done and looks almost factory, although the rear end seems to blend the taillights of the original Beetle in a way that is clearly more a result of necessity than design. Still, it flows all and the final product is clean and simple. Despite the size of the Beetle, the camper conversion provides enough space for a tent that can sleep two adults. It's practical too, with a 12V power outlet and an LED light strip, both of which are connected to marine grade outlets found on the wall of the bed.

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Apparently, we're not the only ones who like this crazy creation as MCR has seen enough interest in this Beetle to start working on a new one with a 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine to replace the standard 1.8-liter turbo-four. This new version will also feature bigger tires and a two-inch lift, along with useful additions like a generator, a stove, a small refrigerator, and even a portable toilet. Furthermore, MCR is also planning a full-electric Beetle pickup and a hardtop camper Beetle that should be available next year. Sadly, MCR's site doesn't offer any pricing information but based on the other projects the company has worked on, we suspect that pricing is tailored to each client's individual requests.

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