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1973 Ruska Classica Buggy


  • Motoring doesn’t get much quirkier than the Ruska Classica
  • Very rare vintage-styled beach buggy 
  • Patinated original condition with scope to improve

The Appeal

For some years Ruska was Holland’s only independent car maker, turning out beach buggy replicas like the Super Buggy and the remarkable Classica Buggy. Combining beach buggy and vintage car aesthetics, the Classica was a highly individual four seater based on VW Beetle running gear.
This early Classica leans into the vintage vibe with bodywork pinstriping. It is in original condition with signs of use. For lovers of beach buggies and quirky cars it looks an ideal candidate for a sympathetic rolling restoration.

The History and Paperwork

  • The Classica was introduced in late 1973 which makes this example one of the earliest
  • First registered on 8th June 1973
  • Last change of owner on 25th March 2022
  • At the time of writing we did not have sight of the history for this vehicle 

The Interior 

  • Practical four seater with a mixture of original and refurbished trim
  • Front seats still have their ‘Ruska Classica’ decals indicating the fabric is original
  • Mix of brown fabric and vinyl seats in fair condition with some signs of wear
  • Brown painted dashboard in reasonable condition but with poor paint and signs of wear
  • Original Beetle dials 
  • Some missing switchgear
  • Radio missing with holes where it was fitted
  • Pioneer radio fitted under dashboard
  • Screen sealant along top of dashboard poorly applied
  • Large rear speakers fitted to rear parcel shelf
  • Tan carpets in good condition and appear to be newer than rest of interior 

The Exterior 

  • Clever blend of beach buggy and vintage car styling with running boards and mud guards
  • Dark brown paintwork appears to be original 
  • Characterful white pinstriping 
  • Some localised areas of deterioration and damage visible
  • Attractive deep dish steel wheels give this Classica great stance
  • Quality Firestone tyres fitted 
  • Non-matching exposed spare wheel
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Original ‘Ruska Classica’ decals on front grille
  • Underside in good condition with elements of the original Beetle floorpan visible

The Mechanics 

  • 1500cc Beetle air-cooled engine 
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • We understand that the Classica runs and drives


Alongside its popular Super Buggy, Ruska produced the wonderful Classica. For fans of vintage cars with a flavour of beach buggies there can surely be no alternatives worth considering.
This early Classica appears to be in very original condition and generally solid. There is scope for what appears to be mainly cosmetic improvement. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Ruska
  • Model Classica
  • Colour Brown
  • Odometer 61,798 Miles
  • Engine size 1500
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Netherlands
  • Location International
  • Country Netherlands

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