The Beach Buggy was first conceived by a Mr. Bruce Meyers in California in the early sixties starting a fad that spread worldwide. The Meyers Manx conceived then is the forerunner of what we see here. When Rob was approached by Louis Treweek, (the first NZ manufacturer of beach buggies in the 60's) to clean up and put the Manx style buggy moulds back into production, he couldn't resist. Having years of Volkswagen restoring and VW kit car manufacturing including a buggy he designed himself, it didn't take long to put this one together on Saturdays. Especially when NZ Classic Car Magazine called wanting to take some photos, and it was a long way from being finished.
This Buggy is based on a VW 1300 beetle chassis which has been shortened by 14 3/4" - 15", as most short wheel based buggies are. The great thing about building a buggy is you only need one donor car, the VW beetle 1500 is the best as it has the steering column and brake master cylinder required for VIN. Although these parts do fit earlier chassis. The ones to avoid are the 1302 & 1303 beetles as they used Mac Pherson Strut suspension and the steering column and fuel tank are different. But like any thing you can make them as basic or complicated and fancy as you want.