Posts Tagged ‘dune buggy’

Ur-Buggy – 1967 VW Empi Sportster

January 6, 2015

It’s not often you can feature a segment-creating car at the lower end of the market. But it’s possible to get lucky and find a gem if you’re willing to compromise on cosmetics, and frankly, the beauty of this car does not lie in things like shiny paint and perfect shutlines. Especially since it has no opening panels. The Empi Sportster pre-dated the famous Meyers Manx, allowing owners of clapped out Beetles to refresh their ride with some new body work, or to get the sporting allure of a dune buggy for not much money. Available in 2-seat and 4-seat configurations, today’s car is one of the shorter 2-seaters. Check out this 1967 VW Empi Sportster for sale for $3995 in Danville, CA.

1967 VW Empi Sportster right front



Not Tail-less – 1965 Jeffries Mantaray II Kyote

July 1, 2014

While many car enthusiasts are familiar with the concept of VW-based dune buggies of the 1960s and 1970s, and many might even know the Meyers Manx for its bug-eyed headlamps and krazy kandy colors, what is not immediately clear is the extent to which this industry boomed. However, one visit to the Dune Buggy Archives will clear that right up, and the difficulty of identifying these machines is highlighted by the fact that they have a searchable database in which they’ve assigned design attributes to the various cars, which you can use to identify yours. And that’s how to determine that the car identified as a 1965 VW dune buggy is actually likely to be a Jeffries Mantaray II Kyote, for sale for $3799 in Sacramento, CA.

1965 VW dune buggy right front