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The first dune buggy, the Meyers Manx, was designed and produced by Bruce Meyers in Fountain Valley, California, USA, between 1963 and 1971. It debuted in 1964.

The car featured a fiberglass body coupled with Volkswagen Beetle frame and engine. It is a tiny car, with a wheelbase 14 1/4 inches shorter than a Beetle so the frame has to be cut short and welded. It is so small and light and is capable of very quick acceleration and good off-road performance.

The Meyers Manx achieved widespread recognition when it won the inaugural Baja 1000 and beat a motorcycle while doing it.

Approximately 5,000 of the original Meyers Manx dune buggies were produced, but when the design became popular many look-alikes were made by other companies. Meyers tried to stop the copies but failed to get a patent on his design. Many companies, worldwide, have copied the Manx. Over 300 buggy styles have been created and are still being made today.

Most of these styles were very similar to the Manx, and are known as clones. However, even these clones have distinctions that enable someone to decipher its original manufacturer. The most popular buggy styles are those seen on TV like Wonderbug and Speed Buggy. Some dune buggies resemble production, modified or prototype cars. For instance: American Fiberglass Product’s “Humbug” has similar features to a classic Corvette, Berry’s “Mini-T” was a nod to the Ford Model T, or BMB Automotive’s “Surviver” is a scaled down version of the military prototype vehicle Lamborghini Cheetah.

Many people frequently acquire a dune buggy and attempt to identify its original manufacturer and model name. This wiki will attempt to identify as many make, model and manufacturers of dune buggies as possible to aid in buggy identification.


List of Dune Buggy Manufacturers:

Action Fiberglass
Allied
American Fiberglas
Andeck
Apal
AutoDynamics
AutoCraft
Automotive Design
B and D
Bandido
bandito
Barris
BC Bee
Beacon
Beettle
Berrien
Berry
BMB Automotive
Bob's
Boon Docker
Bremen
Bugetta
Builders Equipment
Bushmaster
Cartuneapal
D and D
Dean Jeffries
Dearborn
Desert Fox
Dunbar
Dune Buggy
EDP Enterprises
Empi
Fibercraft
Fiberfab
Fiberglass Products
fiberjet
Fibre-Motive
Funco
Funhugger
Glitterbug
High Speed
Houston Fibre
IBEX
Irwin
Jackal
Joe Poty
Boon Docker
kellison
Linton
Marauder
Heartland
Meyers
Paradise Motors
Bossbug
Perfect Plastic
R and H
Ruska
Safari Enterprises
SuperSafari
San Beret
Sand Chariots
Sand master
sand tech
shala
Siva
Southeastern
Speed Ski
spider
Sports Unlimited
stevens
Terra-Buggy
TFL Assoc
Tomco
Turner
Virgils
Wildcat
Wilhelm Karmann

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