1972 VW Beach Buggy For Sale
1972 VW Beach Buggy - Unique Beach Buggy with Serious Presence - Originally a Gift to a Well-Known International Rugby Player - Owned for Last 3 Years by the ex-Director of Manufacturing at Briggs Automotive Company, who build the BAC Mono, the single-seater supercar - Modified Volkswagen Beetle Floor Pan, Chassis and Suspension - Flat Four 1,192cc Engine - Tax & MOT Except - Feel like Steve McQueen from the Thomas Crown Affair but for a tiny fraction of the astounding $456,000 which the actual car from the film sold for in March 2020! The first dune buggies appeared in the US in the mid-1960s built by Bruce Meyer and were known as the 'Meyer Manx'. Ever since then, all sorts and varieties of beach buggies have been produced, copying Bruce Meyer's original fiberglass design, but with hugely varying degrees of aesthetics and build quality. This unique example was originally a gift to a well-known international rugby player, before in 2017 joining the collection of the Director of Manufacturing at the time at Briggs Automotive Company, who build the BAC Mono, the single-seater supercar. It has an unbelievable presence, given its excellent condition, stunning blue paintwork and rather large tyres and wheels. As per most Dune Buggies, it was built on a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle floor pan and has a Volkswagen flat four 1,192cc engine. It runs and drives very well and has just had a new set of interior carpets and mats fitted, along with the side panel trims being restored. The paintwork is in lovely condition, though with a few marks from use and enjoyment. Specifically there is a small paint chip on the rear drivers side wheel arch (see photo); there is an area that have been covered with tape above the engine bay where the paint began to crack slightly (visible in photo from rear); and there is also some paint cracking on where the front wheel arches join the bonnet, near the front headlights (see photo). One other issue is that sometime selecting reverse can make a slight grind when cold. In summary, a fantastic beach buggy that is ready to enjoy for the summer or join a collection, with the benefit of being MOT and tax exempt, given its age. Of all the classic and race cars I have owned over the years, I am not sure I have ever received so many smiles and waves than when driving this Buggy! Also given the original Dune Buggy from the Thomas Crown Affair was sold at auction in the US for $456,000 in March this year, you can still feel like Steve McQueen, but for a very tiny fraction of that rather ludicrous price! The buggy is located in Gloucestershire, near Chipping Campden. Given the current C-19 circumstances, I am happy to send over more detailed photos or carry out socially distanced viewings. Any questions let me know. Many thanks.
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