1972 Brubaker Box

Brubaker Box was a kit car designed by Curtis Brubaker. It is considered the first minivan. Brubaker got the idea from Volkswagen Minibuses, and attempted to update the concept. The kit was designed to fit on the chassis of a Volkswagen Beetle. In 1972 after a deal with Volkswagen could not be reached, Brubaker began buying completed Beetles and converting them to Boxes, selling the excess pieces. However, this scheme did not prove profitable, and very few boxes were ever constructed. Brubaker filed for bankruptcy the same year. Investors in the company tried to continue manufacturing the Box in various ways, the only success being Mike Hansen’s Automecca, located in Chatsworth, California, in 1974 with its “Sports Van.”


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