Get your apocalypse prep on track with this 1974 VW Sandrail
Is an impending apocalypse weighing on your mind? Make space in your dream car garage for this contingency plan – a bare metal, mean-looking Sandrail
As much as we may adore Mad Max'sridiculous and brilliant automotive creations used in the post-apocalyptic world, they are, sorry to spoil it, movie props. You can't go to your local car dealership or auction to get yourself one of the dune-bouncing, safety ignoring fire-breathing modes of transport.
But even before the first Mad Max movie came to be, petrolheads were bodging Volkswagen chassis to give us the next best thing. This 1974 Volkswagen-based Sandrail Dune Buggy is being sold by Barrett-Jackson at the Scottsdale sale in Arizona next January and has no reserve, which means you could be bidding to the death.
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The buggy itself has four seats with safety harnesses - pick your friends carefully - recently serviced Sway-A-Way race runner suspension and the rear axle from a 091 VW bus. You can forget about a comfortable ride but it should guarantee sturdiness on the potentially rough terrain of post-apocalyptic Earth.
Being a sand buggy, it can be driven with absolute confidence across beaches and dunes, and would do well on pre-apocalyptic roads too. But that would be a bit boring.
Powering the buggy is Ford’s 2.3-litre SVO turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which has recently been worked on to include electric fuel-injection and a on-vehicle computer, and it's mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Remember, clunky gear changes do not look good in post-apocalyptic action movies (or when showing off to your partner, mind).
‘Aesthetic’ features include powder-coated, polished, chromed and billeted parts, a Tattle Tale tachometer, a stereo system, custom seats, and ‘drift brakes’, to ensure you look cool taking on any corner and sound like a maniac when you do. Plus, that full metal look is perfect for intimidating fellow apocalypse survivors who you might stumble across. Always a plus.
There's no reserve price for the sale, and the buggy comes with a spare set of rear wheels and tyres honed for use on the sands of post-apocalyptic Arizona. It won't be your daily driver today – but it might be in a few years' time.
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We are offering this 1969 Volkswagen based Beach Buggy with its 1500cc air- cooled engine. The car is in great condition and it has been used for recreational purposes in Spain. The body is in good condition and it has brand new wheels and tires. It is a 4 seater with leather front bucket seats and alcantara steering wheel. The engine is in great condition, super smooth and running wel
I have just finished rebuilding this rare MK2 GP buggy. Selling to fund a house move. It is based on a standard 1968 long wheel base VW Beetle chassis. I have just MOT`d it & is ready to go. You can see from the photo`s the work has gone into it. I repaired, strengthened & prepped the body then painted it in 2k gloss. There has been a lot of engineering gone into it for improvements