History of the Buggy House
There have been four main owners of the Buggy House shop. The first owner opened the shop in 1967 and ran it by himself. He had the shop for three years until 1970 when he stepped into the back for just a moment and three SPG roller cranks were stolen. Five minutes he decided to sell the shop to Jerry Young.
Ask any old school Volkswagon guys from the Bay Area — they’ll know about the Buggy House, and they’ll know Jerry. Jerry and his brother-in-law, Rich Davis, ran the Buggy House until the early 2000s. During that time they made a name for the business and did very well. Remember, this was before the internet. They had distributors like H&H and IMC who carried every factory part ever made. Everything was cheap and everyone was building cars.vThese were truly the glory days of the air-cooled industry.
Sometime in the early 2000s Jerry Young sold the shop to another group of VW enthusiasts. From the time it was purchased to the time it was sold, they didn’t do the business any favors. The business was in debt to its vendors, wasn’t profitable, had little inventory, and for a while was turned into a cabinet showroom as the owner was a carpenter and could make more money making cabinets than he could selling VW parts.
In late 2008 the owner was going to shut the doors and call it quits when James Collins came along and bought the business. James Collins’ first year of business was a little rocky, but after that and even during depths of the recession the Buggy House thrived.
Currently, we’re doing more business than the Buggy House has done since the late 1990s. We are all very proud of our success. It’s now not only a profitable business but a business that has the reputation of taking care of its customers, whatever their needs may be.
Oh, and if you’re an old school bay area VW enthusiast you also probably knew Mike Collins. Mike Collins was the premier transaxle and engine builder in the Bay Area for years. James Collins, who now owns the Buggy House is Mike’s son.