Dune buggies builders
The first dune buggies were Beetle frames where the body was removed. Because of its rear-mounted engine, the Beetle is often used in dune vehicles. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, vehicles were often seen along the California beaches. In 1958, Daniel Rettig, built a short flat car using a Beetle chassis. He was one of many people who made these off-road vehicles at the time. A Volkswagen dealer named EMPI in Los Angeles began offering dune off-road vehicle kits called Sportsters. Empi Sportster was the first mass-produced dune buggy kit that people can buy and build.
It inspired builders to make lighter aluminum off-road vehicles. Hilder "Tiny" Thompson designed and built the dune buggy "The Burro". That design was probably the inspiration for Bruce Meyers for the famous "Manx" designed in the 1960s. In 1964, Meyers built the first buggies, starting with 12 units, but throughout its history, it produced more than 6,000 dune buggies. Bruce Meyers didn't invent the dune buggy, but it marked the change of an era and a true revolution in the history of dune buggies. During the dune buggy boom in 1969, a variety of dune buggies were built. After the promulgation of the new automobile law in 1970, many companies that made dune vehicles went bankrupt. Meyers Manx was closed in 1971 due to losing a patent infringement case and IRS tax requirements. In the 1990s, the fiberglass Rettig Buggy revived the dune buggy era. In the past, these vehicles mainly appeared on deserts and beaches. Today, they are very popular in indoor racing tracks and road vehicles. In the 1990s they made a comeback, even with road legal models. There are currently more than 50 dune buggies manufacturers. Brazil is one of the main manufacturing countries, regarding the number of car makers.
Embuggy Vintage 1100
Embuggy Vintage has a design inspired by the dune buggies of the 60s, keeping its appeal. A fun and easy car to drive.
There are three versions: 1.5L, 1.1L and 800cc. It's produced in China under European quality standards. In France, the version 1.1L is marketed, with a price of € 16,990. For the Embuggy Vintage 1000, it has a power of 110 hp at 4250rpm, it can be equipped with both automatic and manual transmission. It weighs only 610kgs. It has brake discs and power steering.
The Bugre VII is a dune buggy launched in 2008 in Brazil, since then it has been a commercial success due to its high quality. It doesn't use a donor chassis, but its own chassis formed with U-beams and 1/8 inch thick carbon steel plates. The entire body is made of fiberglass, as is usual in dune buggies, although it has steel reinforcements and high-strength steels in key places, without compromising aesthetics. It's equipped with a 1.6L Volkswagen EA111 engine.
The Selvagem HL is a dune buggy with a unique character made in Brazil. It's a simple vehicle, with low maintenance costs and with Volkswagen mechanical parts including the 1.4 engine. This allows you to take advantage of the entire network of authorized VW workshops.
It's a car designed for the beach and sand dunes, offering an unrivaled lightweight off-road driving pleasure. It has a capacity for five people.
The body is made of fiberglass and the chassis is made of steel tubes with an aluminum floor.. This buggy can be equipped with a Kombi gearbox, and it has independent front and rear suspensions specifically designed for the model.
They began to manufacture buggies in the early 70s. Due to the great reputation of Selvagem, they didn't sell the cars in kit form to fully control the final product's quality. If the client wishes to contribute his own donor vehicle, it has to be fully reviewed by the brand. This ensures that all Selvagen buggies meet the brand's high standards.
The entire manufacturing process is carried out at the Selvagen facilities. In Brazil, the Selvagem HL costs about € 14,100 (R $ 86,900)
Doon buggies offer attractive kits with their own bodies, which modernize the traditional concept of the dune buggies of the 60s. Doon buggies are available as the traditional 2-seater SWB model or as the 4-seater LWB.
They have their own workshop specialized in Volkswagen-based dune buggies, VolksMagic; to supply parts, repair or to build buggies from scratch.
Therefore, buggies are sold both in kit and turnkey form. In the latter case, each car is adapted to the customer's taste, especially regarding the mechanical components of the dune buggy.
Fyber Boxer buggy
The Fyber Boxer buggy is a contemporary dune buggy made in Brazil. It's powered by a VW Boxer 1.6 engine that gathers 53hp. The body is made of fiberglass and the chassis is tubular carbon steel. It weighs 750kgs, which makes it a very light dune buggy.
The front suspension has two torsion beams, double action dampers and stabilizer bars. In the rear suspension we find helical springs with double action telescopic tensioners and dampers. The front brakes are discs and the rear are drums. The price of the Fyber Boxer buggy is about €10.060 approx. (R$ 62.000)
Ferrari Recreation Manufacturers
We previously saw all the Ferrari replica manufacturers that currently exist, in which we can see several high-quality manufacturers. Many of them employ traditional methods, including original Ferrari donor spare parts
Fiorano Type 48 Corsa Spyder
Fiorano Type 48 Corsa Spyder is the master piece of designer Alan Hooper. His dream is to create a unique car with all the nostalgia of a 40's race cars, but at a fraction of the cost. His work is based on the Triumph Spitfire, with a GRP body inspired of road racing cars in the 1940s, in fact, his inspiration came from the Ferrari 166. Fiorano put the Type 48 Corsa Spyder back into production in 2005
In addition to an engine derived from the Triumph, it can also be equipped with a 1.6 or 2.0 Fiat TC engine, or an engine from the Miata.
Fiorano Type 48 Corsa Spyder Price: Between £30,000 and £50,000 depending on specification
DeHavilland is a reputed manufacturer with years of experience and well known in the industry, they built both the DeHavilland GT and the GTS. It's an outstanding Ferrari 206 GT replica
The brand offers the turnkey car or in kit form. DeHavilland GT is an incredible quality replica that can be built in 200 hours, it isn't a simple body kit, but a complete kit based on the MG TF. It has a 1.8 engine that gathers 160bhp and it has a weight of 985 kgs, very similar to the 206 GT.
DeHavilland GT Price: Starting at £ 37,950 ( € 44,170 approx.)
With design inspiration from yesteryear racers and styling cues reminiscent of early endurance race cars, the classic lines of the EM578 reveal an elegant simplicity.
The EM578 is a road-legal Ferrari 512 replica, fully handcrafted. It's a lightweight car, but it's built on a highly rigid tubular chassis, to improve performance both on the track and on the street. It's fitted with a Chevrolet 5.7l V8 engine pumping out 330 bhp. A Flowmaster exhaust and Schoenfeld headers are responsible for the spectacular sound of the EM 578. However, each unit is manufactured to the customer's taste, including mechanical options such as the engine.
GTO Engineering 250 SWB Revival
GTO Engineering is one of the most reputable and recognized Ferrari specialists in the world, with a long history of restorations behind him. They also rebuild parts, and even complete engines made from scratch.
With the Revival GTO the word "replica never" had such an unfair meaning, in fact, we cannot consider it as a replica, but as a revival, a tribute or a continuation. GTO Engineering 250 SWB Revival uses an original classic Ferrari as a donor and is manufactured to the exact specifications as the original, with high precision. In fact, they're considered as FIA Continuation Series cars, so they're eligible for historic racing.
It will be a low production car of which only 40 units will be produced. The car has been designed based on original sketches and plans. Both the tubular chassis and the aluminum body are fully handcrafted. The 324hp 3.5 V12 engine with double-barrel Weber Carburetors is fully rebuilt, a task that requires more than 300 hours of work. There is currently a Ferrari GTO "Replica" for sale for $ 1,390,000, and it's estimated that no unit is below a million dollars, although, we should call them Revival since it exceeds the sense of the word "replica".
The Foreman P4R is inspired by racing history. Using their extensive automotive engineering and motorsports experience the brand is creating a 60's inspired sports car with a unique history.
Described by some as the most beautiful shape ever, the Foreman is instantly recognisable. The design and the mechanical part of the car have been improved, using modern high-quality materials and components to take full advantage of the latest technologies, while maintaining the classic aesthetics of the '60s.
The car is legal for road use and has successfully passed the IVA test.
The Foreman MK4 replica was originally designed in the mid 1980's and now reborn again to offer an exceptional Ferrari 330 P4 replica.
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