Dune Buggies, Dunebuggies, Manx SR | Sun, 30 Mar 2014 Posted by : John
A surprising thing happened, a VW based kit car made the new and much touted National Register of Historic Vehicles. The National Register of Historic Vehicles is a newly formed organization that honors a vehicle for being important in 4 categories: association with historic American events, association with historic American figures, importance in design or construction value, finally important informational value. The first car to receive this honor was The Simeone Museum’s Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, a few weeks later the remaining 2014 inductees were named and Bruce Meyers and his original Mono-coque Manx was the second car named following the Daytona Coupe. This award is sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Association and the US Department of the Interior. The official story can be found here. https://www.historicvehicle.org/News/Articles/All-Articles/2014/03/13/5-Things-Every-Manx-Owner-Should-Know
(Manxs and Manx inspired Dune Buggies at Carlisle 2012)
Dunebuggies | Thu, 30 Apr 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Fred bought his Kyote in the early seventies for $1,600, and he’s probably bringing it out of many, many years of storage soon to be sacrificed on eBay. He write, “it needs some work but it is a jewel from the hands of Jefferies — some of my most fun car memories are of cruising the beaches of SE Texas in my Kyote.” I think my favorite thing about it is the station wagon treatment.
Dunebuggies, Lamborghini Countach, Laser 917 | Sun, 18 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Lucky bastard Tony sent in this letter and set of photos. I am very, very jealous of his toys! My daughter begged me to get a dunebuggy again (we had one when we lived in Mexico) when she saw his, but I really like his tube chassis Laser 917.
Having been a follower of your web site for a number of years, I thought I would take an opportunity to share with you some of my toys and a little history.
I live Northern California and have been into kit cars and dune buggies for many years and just recently had an opportunity to own/drive my dream car.
I was fortunate to find a rather well built Countach replica for sale at a very reasonable price in a nearby town. The Red Countach in the photos is built on a lengthened late model Fireo chassis with a fully adjustable coil-over shocks and aftermarket tubular front suspension. The engine is a 327 cubic inch Chevy connected to a 4 speed transmission. The pictures of this car do not do it justice, you would not believe the attention this car gets whenever it is out. I cannot think of a single trip out with the car that someone didn’t either want to have their picture taken with it or took a picture from their cell phone camera while I was stopped at a light or stop sign.
The car is horribly unpractical to drive on a regular basis and has blind spots that will drive you nuts. The car is so wide that you have to have a custom built platform from which to do even routine maintenance on the motor. Even cleaning the inside of the front windshield is a major task because the windshield is so raked back. I am not a little person by no means and not as flexible as I was when I was younger so getting in/out of this car is by no means an easy task either. For all the draw backs to this car, I would not have traded the experience of owning one for anything. The feeling you get from driving a car like this more satisfying than any inconvenience.
When I first got the car I told my wife I was going to have to loose some weight so I looked good getting in/out of the car. She pretty quickly reminded me that all I needed to look was married. Although she never drove the car and didn’t really want to, she enjoyed it too, mostly because when I drove it, it put me in a very good mood.
Unfortunately a planned future move forced me to have to sell the car which I did to a person back east. I have heard that the car is again for sale now at more than twice the price, I was asking for it. Hopefully it will find a good home someday. I look forward to owning another one when the time is right.
I will be working my Laser 917 which I have modified with a custom tubular frame, automatic transmission and stroked small block 350 Chevy. Not wanting to have to deal with a gantry, like you would need to work on the space shuttle, I am in the process of converting the car to open cockpit with a tilt back end for easy cockpit and motor access.
For right now my wife and I are just enjoying our street legal dune buggy for around town.
Aztec 7, Dunebuggies, FiberFab, For Sale | Fri, 15 Aug 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Pierre, who lives just south of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, has this Aztec 7 up for sale, and is willing to throw in an unassembled dunebuggy as well (with all the pieces including engine and transmission) — $5,000 takes them both. He’s also open to any interesting trades. You can contact him at email@example.com. This is one of the few Aztec 7s in Canada (and they can’t be imported), so if you want one, write Pierre. It’s had a few modifications done including headlight relocation and the possibility of hood scoops.
Dunebuggies, For Sale, Kellison Super-T | Fri, 04 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I don’t usually post buggies, but I thought this one was an interesting project… As well as their sportscars, Kellison built a series of VW-based dunebuggies including the 70s Mini-T/etc style Super T, a relatively rare buggy. What makes the one that Sonny has for sale unique is that it’s undergone a front-engine conversion, set up for a small block V8, with a Jaguar rear end, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering on a tubular chassis. The car is currently partially dismantled and ready to be picked up, and he describes it as rust-free, crack-free, and without chips.
If you’re interested, write Sonny at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s asinking $1,500 or best offer, and is located in Stockton, California. The last two pictures are of completed Super Ts (photos from the Dune Buggy Archive and The Samba).
Dunebuggies | Sun, 11 Jun 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
One of the few dunebuggies at Carlisle 2006 was this gorgeously finished EMPI Imp, finished in what I assume is the original green metalflake gelcoat. Everything was right — this might as well have been the original factory showcar.
On the other hand, there were a couple guys selling used buggy parts (and lots of other “one man’s junk, another man’s treasure” deals), but for the life of me I can’t imagine why someone would by a trashed buggy body missing most of its parts when there are so many complete but poorly finished ones on the road to restore?
Maybe I’m spoiled having lived in Mexico all of last year…. Loads of sandrails and buggies in La Paz (on the Baja) where I lived, and in fact there was a yellow Mini-T style buggy that I always saw around town and at the beach driven by some expat.
Dunebuggies | Thu, 20 Apr 2006 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
We were chatting about Kelmarks, by Eddie just sent me a nice old picture of his dune buggy.