This 1966 Volkswagen Baja Bug is located in our Louisville KY showroom. Baja Bugs originated in Southern California in the late 1960s as an inexpensive answer to the successful Volkswagen-based dune buggies of the mid-1960s. The building of the first Baja Bug is generally credited to Gary Emory of Parts Obsolete circa 1968. The first fiberglass Baja kit (bug eye kit) was not introduced until 1969 by the Miller-Havens company. In the early days before fiberglass body panels became available, enthusiast and racers simply made their own modifications to both the body and mechanicals of a stock VW to develop a machine suited to harsh, off-road environments. The metal fenders and front and rear aprons of the car would be partially cut away to allow more for ground clearance and suspension travel. This particular bug is a great example of a ??Baja Bug?. It is powered by air cooled 1300cc motor that sounds really strong. In order to get the maximum performance and longevity out of that power-plant an oil-cooler has been added. The big snorkel on the roof houses the intercooler giving this bug an all business look. The interior has been removed to save weight and increase performance with nothing left but 2 racing seats. What use to be a backseat has been removed and refitted with diamond-plate keeping the all business theme going. The 4 speed transmission is sure to keep the drives fun and complete in the Baja approach. This 1966 Volkswagen Baja Bug can be seen, including an HD video, at www.gatewayclassiccars.com or call at 812-294-1555 for more information.
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