Owning a dune buggy sounds like a lot of fun. You have a vehicle that can be beaten up, tossed around, and it always seems like it wears a smile on its face. The problem is that you can’t drive it every day. You need to plan your off-road adventures accordingly. That can be a bit of a bummer, but I’ve found a solution. Buy an already street-legal dune buggy.
Like this one I just found on Craigslist. It’s listed for sale in Orange, California and the asking price is on the better side of $10k. According to the seller, this dune buggy registered and insured as a 1964 VW Baja Bug.
It’s clearly no longer a Bug though, as the entire chassis has been swapped out. Now we have a buggy with room for five people and a hefty heaping of suspension travel. In fact, the front can dish out 12 inches while the rear can handle 15 inches of travel.
Powering this adventure machine is a rear-mounted 3.5-liter V6 from a Honda. The engine is fed by a 10-gallon aluminum fuel tank, which should be plenty because this vehicle can’t weigh too much. You also have headlights, taillights, and turn signals, because this is, after all, street legal.
There are plenty of street legal vehicles that play off-road pretend games. This one is the real deal. You’ll never be having more fun doing the most mundane daily tasks. Bring kiddo to school. Go grab those groceries. Run to CVS to refill a prescription. But do it in this dune buggy, and smile every time you fire it up.