The Beach Buggy was an iconic symbol of motoring freedom in the sixties and seventies.
Known in some places as the Dune Buggy, the roofless originals got their name from being built on the chassis of VW Beetles which were known affectionately as Bugs.
Such has been their resilience in the marketplace that VW is currently testing the market for an e-Buggy – an electrically powered vehicle with large wheels, off-road tyres, open side sills and a large, targa-style rollbar.
Gumtree Auto’s Jeff Osborne says the local trade in Buggies remains very healthy with more than 100 posts connected to beach buggies on the site at the moment.
“Predictably most buggies are up for sale on the coast with surfing hot spots like Jeffreys Bay featuring prominently. But they’re also available in Kimberley, the West Rand and other inland spots for dirt or sand riding and for cruising around town. There’s an extraordinary range both in price – from around R17k to R95k – and in features, with one boasting a 1966 Porsche motor and another claiming a Ferrari-style rear end.”