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Dune Buggy Handbook, The A-Z of VW-Based Buggies Since 1964 New Paperback Edition

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Dune Buggy Handbook, The A-Z of VW-Based Buggies Since 1964 New Paperback Edition

By James Hale
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Paperback. 250 x 207mm (portrait). 160 pages. Over 300 colour and black & white photographs/illustrations.

ISBN: 978-1-904788-21-8

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At last! The complete A-Z guide to American & British Volkswagen-based Dune/Beach Buggies for all VW enthusiasts.

Over 100 individual makes of Buggy described and pictured.

Each entry gives model description, technical specification, identification tips & historical information.

Many previously unpublished photographs.

Written by a leading authority on Buggies, who also gives an introduction to the Buggy cult.

Contains archive material including period ads and sales brochures as well as related toys.

Contains an appendix detailing current manufacturers' addresses.

Not only has James Hale designed and produced Buggies for a leading manufacturer, he's also the resident Buggy expert for Volksworld magazine; his own car is a faithful reproduction of the Steve McQueen Thomas Crown Affair Corvair-engined Buggy.


Over 100 individual makes of US and British buggies are described and pictured here. Also contains archive material including period adverts and sales brochures from the '60s and '70s.

Independent Reviews

“This is a must-have book for buggy fans….James Hale has published the definitive study on the buggy”.
Kit Car magazine (USA).

"You want buggies, this book's got the lot....James Hale has managed to find them all and writes in length about each, very informatively.....this is recommended for anyone thinking about buying such a car, or for those who are just fans of these wild machines". Street Machine magazine

“The Dune Buggy Handbook, by UK beach buggy guru James Hale, is a very comprehensive, in-depth guide to every single buggy produced, both here and in the States”. Kit Car magazine (UK)

“This is a must for buggy freaks, and a good read for any car nut. This is a great book, with plenty of archive pictures, history and over 100 makes of buggy described and pictured”. Custom Car magazine.

“With a foreword by Bruce Meyers…the book takes an authoritative and informative look at a wide range of buggies, and we’d recommend it to all Buggy enthusiasts”. VW Motoring magazine.

“The Dune Buggy Handbook is a true dedication to the life and times of one of the best known recreational vehicles ever: The Dune Buggy…The 160 pages are brimming with lavish colour photographs, both past and present and also original pictures of the cars/kits as they first appeared. Truly fantastic!” Total VW magazine.

“A very comprehensively written round-up of, as far as possible, all Buggies available on the market….A long awaited and worthwhile book on this ever-popular subject”. Volksworld magazine.

“The 160-page Dune Buggy Handbook is the one-stop reference for everything buggy, and makes essential reading for anyone either mildly or heavily interested in the buggy phenomenon……..Everything you’ll ever need to know about buggies is contained in this stunningly comprehensive book written by the country’s leading expert on the breed”.
Which Kit? Magazine.

“Where this book scores is in the wealth of newly published images – Anita Harris posing with her Kustom (buggy), and the Monkees on location for the movie Head in a Dean Jeffries-penned Kyote….good value”.
Classic and Sportscar magazine.


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