The dune buggy genre's appeal has always been about the promise of open air fun, and with its top tier components and collection of outstanding details on display wherever you look, this 1969 Volkswagen Dune Buggy Manx Type is an absolute standout. A lot of time and effort went into taking this unique ride to its highest level and a collection of build receipts and restoration photos are on board to chronicle the extensive work and expense that went into the process.
Whether you're already a dune buggy aficionado or not, you'll no doubt notice the consistently high levels of inspired design and precise workmanship displayed right away. This four wheel fun machine sports a strong Viper Red paint job that brings out the best in its open air form, and from front to back there's all sorts of evidence that this skillfully modified VW stands out from its counterparts. The ladder shaped front bumper is a departure for the genre and it's in great shape as it sits under a pair of rectangular headlights with very clean matching casings whose Maltese cross theme is also matched by the side mirrors and brake lights for a cohesive, inspired appearance. Above, the roll cage is decked out with a chrome-finished light bar and the ultra clean chrome surrounding the windshield as well as its crystal clear glass is a good indication that, despite the temptation it offers for inspired driving, this well-configured machine has been treated with plenty of respect.
With its open air configuration, the cockpit is in full view and there's plenty to admire. The gray vinyl bucket seats are in great condition - they've been well-protected from UV exposure and their contoured shapes provide a nice combination of comfort in everyday driving situations, with plenty of support when needed. Its counterparts generally sport fairly minimal interiors, with just the essentials on board, but this '69 has no such shortage of inspired add-ons, starting with a standout polished aluminum steering wheel that sits above a set of custom chrome gas pedals. The collection of digital gauges has been seamlessly installed into the bright red dash to keep a good read on vital engine functions. A quality audio experience is often an afterthought in this automotive niche, but it's well-represented here in the form of a Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo that teams with the Rockford Fosgate door speakers and an Infinity subwoofer mounted under dash, making for a combination that has both the power and clarity to bring your tunes to the forefront no matter your surroundings.
With its array of chrome pieces, the rear-mounted 1641 cubic inch 4 cylinder is quite a sight to behold. It's armed with a pair of Weber carbs and sounds quite healthy, sending a great-sounding exhaust note out of its EMPI muffler. On both sides of the engine, you can see plenty of additional chrome - including the steering components - for a quality finished appearance that's worthy of display on a turntable. In addition to its show stopping visual presence, this dune buggy provides a very solid driving experience - the 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, the car tracks straight and the front wheel disc brakes bring it to dependable stops. This skillfully configured ride is sure to turn heads as it motors on a set of very sharp 15” steel wheels with spinner-type centers that are wrapped with Toyo tires.
Showing outstanding craftsmanship and outfitted with terrific features both inside and out, this 1969 Volkswagen Dune Buggy Manx Type is a category killer for the genre. Call today!