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The Dune Buggy Handbook – The A-Z of VW-based Buggies since 1964 - New Edition

The Dune Buggy Handbook – The A-Z of VW-based Buggies since 1964 - New Edition
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By James Hale
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Paperback • 25x20.7cm • 671 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845843-78-6

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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• Many previously unpublished photographs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


The long awaited updated and revised ‘Bible’ for all buggy enthusiasts, written by the world’s leading expert on dune buggies. Containing an A-Z of the best-known American and British buggy marques, plus stunning photography, production dates, identification tips and a brief history of each model, this is a must-have book for all true buggistas.


The book introduces the reader to the whole cult of the dune buggy, from its earliest beginnings as a crude off-road vehicle in the 1920s, to the explosion of glass fibre-bodied and VW-based fun cars that became the cult transport of teenagers everywhere in the 1960s and 1970s. With histories, production details, dates and identification tips for over 70 US and UK buggies, the book will help identify the many marques that have been produced over the years. Using period photographs and archive material, combined with amazing contemporary photography, the book is a visual feast, and also contains sections on buggies and celebrities for those that want to spot pop stars, TV hosts and racing drivers posing with period vehicles.

Independent Reviews

This fascinating and comprehensive pictorial guide catalogues as many of these fun runabouts as has been possible, worldwide ... If you like beach buggies, you'll love this book.
Classic American

THIS book details the differences between each make and model of dune buggy. The first version of this A-to-Z guide came out in the nineties, and the 2013 edition adds sections on the buggy in advertising, and magazine features. We also like the pictures of celebs driving buggies – there are shots of Steve McQueen, The Monkees, Elvis and Jimi Hendrix.
Auto Express ****

James Hale's A-Z review has been updated for fifth edition. From Albar to Vulture, more than 100 manufacturers are listed, while dune buggy legend Bruce Meyers provides an introduction. The celebrity photo gallery, including shots of Jimi Hendrix, is a pleasant bonus.
Classic & Sports Car

If you have any interest in these very '60s/'70s-style fun vehicles, this definitely is a book for you.
New Zealand Classic Car

THIS ISN'T EXACTLY heartland Octane fare, but it is brilliant! Hale, a former buggy manufacturer himself, is widely recognised as the world's leading authority on this particular (and peculiar) breed of fun car, and this A-Z of buggies is incredibly detailed given the sheer number of vehicles mentioned herein. So if you want to know more about the Glitterbug, the Kyote (as styled by the late hot rod legend Dean Jeffries, dontcha know) or the Ocelot SIS, then look no further.
What really sets this apart from other buggy books is the wealth of images: we loved the pic of a GP Super Buggy from the Bond flick For Your Eyes Only, and the promo shot of the Bushwacker (a woman in hot pants and kinky boots, armed with a whip ... ) for that matter. And the number of period magazine covers, ads and other ephemera from Hale's vast archive really brings the subject to life. What's more, Bruce Meyers, the man who conceived the beach buggy, provides the foreword.

... examines the Sixties phenomenon that replaced hot-rodding among young American motorists. It's entertaining, comprehensive, and the cars are often much more serious sports machines than you'd ever suspect.
Classic Cars

Reviews for the previous edition:

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 Sports Car


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