The Hanson’s 1976 Jurgens AutoVilla Deluxe

I was most excited when Ryan Hanson reached out to talk about his 1976 Jurgens AutoVilla Deluxe, after all I have never actually seen one in person. So from my perspective I was emailing with a guy who had the equivalent of the Big Foot of the VW world. The AutoVillas were a fully authorized conversion made by the Jurgens Company in South Africa.  Approximately 900 were produced between 1972 – 1979 and according to Jurgens, the one that the Hanson’s own is the only one in North America. There are about 300 still in use, most still in South Africa, Britain, and Australia. There were two models of the AutoVilla, the Standard and the Deluxe. The key difference being that the Deluxe has the over the cab berth that accommodates a full sized bed.