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dune buggy _________________________________ BEACH WHEELS the blog: very early sixties, 1961: EMPI SPORTSTER

As i said in the BURRO BUGGY chapter, the Burro and the Empi SPORTSTER were the very first try to cover those shortened homemade Volkswagen frames that were quickly increasing their number in the dunes. Both the Sportster and The Burro are important cause they are the first good try to produce a Volkswagen buggy in serie. the Empi had a more utilitaristic attitude than the Burro. the Empi was offered in kit, with a big amount of accessories and optionals and was more similar to a jeep…

Many credit Bruce Meyers with the invention of the dune buggy. To be sure, his classic VW-based, fiberglass-bodied, swoopy-lined Manx is the dune buggy we all picture. But the Empi Sportster was the very first production buggy kit.  Empi was a major mail-order supplier of VW performance parts, and around 1960 the company decided to create a kit to make VW Beetles off-road-worthy. The kit used steel tubes and metal bodywork with angular lines that look nothing like the Meyers Manx buggies. One lo

Many credit Bruce Meyers with the invention of the dune buggy. To be sure, his classic VW-based, fiberglass-bodied, swoopy-lined Manx is the dune buggy we all picture. But the Empi Sportster was the very first production buggy kit. Empi was a major mail-order supplier of VW performance parts, and around 1960 the company decided to create a kit to make VW Beetles off-road-worthy. The kit used steel tubes and metal bodywork with angular lines that look nothing like the Meyers Manx buggies…

On Road or Off: 1971 Empi Sportster - http://barnfinds.com/road-off-1971-empi-sportster/

Dune buggy kits are not hard to find, but genuine Empi builds are generally more desired by purveyors of these VW-powered on- and off-roaders. This 1971 example is a Southern California survivor, with a dry chassis and only some minor cosmetic blemishes as its major faults. Some modern retrofits also make it a bit easier...

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1964 EMPI Sportster | Alden Jewell | Flickr

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