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This changed everything and explains how the Deserter buggy got it's racing
pedigree. You no longer had to settle for early VW power (36-65hp) with the
engine hanging out the rear with a terrible front-rear weight balance.
You now could have a perfectly balanced mid-engined custom chassis sports car
designed specifically for the Deserter buggy bodies and intended for Corvair six
cylinder or even a Porsche four or six cylinder power if your wallet allowed. A
stock Corvair provided double the power (110-180hp) over the base VW engine and
provided race car handling in a very light, 1,100 lb. package.
The partnership of a dune buggy manufacturer (Dearborn Automotive), sharing
ideas and shop space with the top race car supplier in the US (Autodynamics) led to
this totally unique buggy. The excellent design and fabrication skills available from
the Autodynamics race car crew provided creativity and engineering far beyond a
typical repair shop. In hindsight, they provided some truly remarkable race cars
and dune buggies and many individuals from the Autodyynamics crew left much
bigger marks in the automotive world following the stints at Autodynamics and
The Deserter GS is essentially a Formula Vee chassis modified to fit the
Deserter Dune Buggy body intended for the Autocross as well as other forms of
racing. The combination of a balanced, light, stiff chassis with the fiberglass body
proved to be very competitive on the Autocross circuits across America, SCCA
track events and even the Pikes Peak hill climb events.
Drivers like Alex Dearborn himself, Bill Goodhale, Reeves Callaway, Chuck Ribblett
and Ted Trevor all seemed to have great fun and successful runs in their day in
Originally the GS chassis was fitted to the Deserter Series 1 Manx style body,
but demand quickly led production to fitting the exciting new Deserter GT body to
this chassis. The majority of GS cars, estimated at 138 * in total, wore the GT
body kits. Less than a handful have been located wearing the S-1 bodies.
The adds on this page give you views of both variants of the Deserter GS
mid-engined buggy. Both used the same GS chassis kit, fitted with either (S-1 or
GT) dune buggy bodies.
The unique GS Kit included: custom tubular chassis, fiberglass floor pan,
fiberglass toe box and fiberglass engine cover. Mechanical were optional and
determined by the size of the owners wallet.
* Production numbers as quoted in "the dynamics of autodynamics" article by
David Kaplan in Dec72 SCCA Sports Car magazine.
The Deserter Owners Group
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