1970 Volkswagen Dune Buggy

Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth, TX



Year 1970
Mileage 46461
Engine 100
Doors --
Transmission Manual
Make Volkswagen
Model Dune Buggy

Dune Buggy 1970

Title Status --
Exterior Color Orange
Interior Color Yellow


This 1970 Volkswagen Dune Buggy is the automobile distilled into pure, unadulterated fun. Sure, it's still transportation, but this car was built to put a big grin on your face and pretty much nothing else. Offering a sturdy fiberglass body covered in bright orange paint, room for more than just two inside (in a pinch at least), and a tried-and-true VW drivetrain that's more than capable of carving the beach up or getting you home before cocktail hour. Want to be the coolest beach boy on the block? Here's a head start...

We can all but guarantee you'll be the only guy tooling around in one of these, as the look is even rather unfamiliar in the Dune Buggy world. Looking like a cross between a Meyers Manx SR-2 (which is likely what this body started as) and a Dearborn Deserter GT, we don't exactly know what this little car is, other than the funnest thing on four wheels. Unlike, say, the traditional Myers Manx one might think of when they picture a Dune Buggy, this body is elongated (anyone else getting smushed Porsche 928 vibes from that front end?) and not a strict 2-seater, giving it unique proportions that look great. Long, flowing fenders contrast with the squared-off deck in back, but the whole design is very professional and well-executed. Painted to a higher driver-quality level that's actually quite surprising for a beach cruiser, the fiberglass is in great condition with no major signs of age and a nice gloss that's quite appropriate to something of this vintage. This is motoring down to its barest essence, so there isn't much chrome save for the bug-eyed headlights, taillight surrounds, and that big, upright windshield. In back, the VW Beetle engine is hidden behind a cool Ford GT-style tailpanel (Ok, that might be a bit of stretch) that features dual taillights at each side of the license plate, and a horned dual exhaust exits underneath.

More minimalism inside where simple pleated yellow vinyl looks good on the racy front buckets and matching rear bench seat. There's not a ton of padding in the seats, but the yellow upholstery wears well, and is weather-resistant enough for its alfresco duties. Hop over the side of the tub like in a T-bucket and it's easy to settle in behind the Wega wheel and you'll find that the driving position is more early British roadster than German economy car, and with those big pontoon fenders out there, you can clip apexes more easily than you ever thought possible (although with that downspout front nose, be careful out on the dunes). Creature comforts are few and that's entirely the point here; anything that wasn't necessary for the job of having fun was omitted. That means no windshield wipers, no heater, not even a radio, simply because you'll be blasting along having too much fun to need to worry about additional entertainment. An all-in-one gauge in the center of the dash was installed inside a machine-turned panel, and it monitors speed, fuel level, odometer, and a series of 'idiot' lights, while below you'll find switches for the headlights and emergency blinkers. The black floor is institutional and easy to maintain, which is this car's mantra, and while there's no trunk I'd think that a small luggage rack could fit on the rear panel if you wanted strap down a boogie board or two.

VW's air-cooled flat four needs no introduction, and this 1600 cc unit provides plenty of power for the flyweight dune buggy. Neatly detailed but not overly dressed, the engine is equipped with the usual hop-up parts, including a single carburetor, a modern alternator, and exotic exhaust headers with chrome tips that are as much styling element as noise suppression system. The Beetle's 4-speed manual transmission and floor pan made the transition intact and with the low center of gravity, handling is adept. Obviously, this was never someone's winter beater, so the underside remains in good order with no glaring trouble spots short of a few very minor surface area rust abrasions. Lots of finned aluminum helps with the air-cooled engine at seed and you'll undoubtedly find that this car loves to play. Porsche Fuchs style wheels bolt right on and now carry beefy radials that look positively gigantic on the tiny car's frame.

Turn-key and ready for the beach, this Dune Buggy offers a unique spin on the open-air classic. At this price point, we dare you to find more fun on four wheels. Call today!


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