My Buggy (and Other VW's) Page,
This page contains photos of past, present and possibly future projects.
1 - Deserter GT. (1973-1985) ) Heres a photo of my original VW car.
Bought it as a broken or incomplete project and finished it. Kept it in the
family for about a dozen years. Took it to the beach, used it in autocross
events and drove it just about everywhere. Hurt it a lot driving on local trails
and smashed it once. Rebuilt it combining a couple of bodies and modified it
to eliminate the hood and side pod seams. Painted it a light Blue Corvette
color that got rid of the Sub Lime Green forever.
More photos of this car can be found at - My Original Deserter GT
Sold it feeling broke building a house. Have not laid eyes on this car since it
left my garage, I believe it's sitting in a garage in Bellingham MA?
3 - 1979 Scirroco. (1981-1985) Not a dune buggy, but what a blast at the time. Wide ratio 5
speed, injected 1.8L engine and Reccarro's. This car loved to cruise at 80+ mph and still get
great mileage. Good all around car, fairly dependable, but the absolute worst car I've ever
owned in the snow! We tried mounting snows but still really awful, especially for a front driver.
Great summer car though. Drove it four years, 80-84 and gave it away after the wife spun out
with it twice in one winter day!
4 - 1970 Porsche 914, (1988-1992) again it's not a dune buggy, but related or a VW anyway .
Here's a picture of a 1970 Porsche 914 I owned at one time. I matured and was too old for
buggies, or so I thought, 89-92. Good little car, ran strong with the injected 1.7 (upped to 1.9
with big barrels) but, could not enjoy the car for long. It had this uncanny ability to rust faster
than I could keep up with. If your interested in this type car, spend your money on the best rust
free example you can find and afford. Walk, no run away from a fixer-upper. Loved the top, the
five speed and the type IV engine!
More photos of this car can be found at - My Porcshe 914 - .
5 - Ranger. (1992-1994) Here's a couple of shots of a dune
buggy I did back in 92. I found another incomplete project
(coincidentally the same guy as #1) this time a NOS "Ranger"
body, a local (Lancaster, later Hudson, MA) Manx clone and just
had to build it. (Click here to see an old RANGER Buggy add)
It had a real nice hand laid fiberglass body with big gelcoat blue
metalflake, and a nice color. Speedo is from a superbug with
integral fuel gauge, seats from a 80's Honda Civic and they fit
The idea at the time was to keep it plain and simple. Used a
swing axle to IRS conversion on the pan and front-end adjusters.
Gave a pretty nice ride at the time.
Sold it to finance the Speedster build. The car is now in the
hands of a good friend (Howsie) and needs some TLC last time I
7 - CMC Speedster. (1994-2011) This is another VW based fiberglass car I really liked. Built it
in 94 from the now defunct Classic Motor Carriages (CMC) outfit in Florida. It's a 57 Porsche
Speedster replicar. I drove it pretty regularly spring to fall and add +/-5k miles each year and
sold it in 2011 with more than 70k miles showing on the odometer. A Speedster replica is just a
fun car with a timeless design and comfortable topless driver. Door's and roof made it possible to
use it much like a normal car.
As a kit car or replicar, this car is true to the original Porsche design with an air-cooled rear
engine. I ran a CB Performance 2180cc engine with dual 44 Weber's driving through a 3:44 IRS
transaxle. For me, a real good combination for this car with better reliability than an original car,
and more power!!.
More photos of this car can be found at - My Porsche Speedster Replicar.
14 - Deserter GS-1. (2004-2011) This project was a total reconstruction of an early
Autodynamic's Series 1 Deserter GS. It was conceived back in 1969 as a street version of the
popular Autodynamic's Formula Vee, mid-engined track cars and allowed 2 person seating and
larger engines to be used. It was wildly popular in SCCA Autocross events at the time.
Found and used a tagged Deserter Seriers 1 body and replicate and build from scratch the
entire frame and restore all of the fiberglass parts in addition to fresh mechanicals. Ended up
making a mold of the engine cover to complete the fiberglass parts?
Way lot of work and more time consuming than originally anticipated, big surprise there..
Once again, the idea is to keep is simple and not to stray to far from the original design with a
Corviar engine and VW suspension components. Started fall of 03, finished, summer 08, sold it
in 2011. It now resides in Perth, Australia!!
More photos of this car can be found at -
My Autodynamics Deserter GS - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
16 - Deserter GT, (2010--20??) This is the current car and
possibly my last? This time, I found another Deserter GT
looking for another chance at life wirh Steve M. See the
before and after.. I restored the GW top for Steve and
returned that to him and I kept the purple body. OK, I have
admit a soft spot for these cars. I started the re-construction
started in 2012 and first registered in 2016. I plan to keep it
pretty simple and hopefully end up with a solid VW based
rear engine buggy. Just as it was when it all started..
As alway,s I'll document the build and more photos of this car
can be found at -My Purple Deserter GT -
2 - Deserter GT, (1975) wrecked. I found another Sub-Lime Deserter GT that a local friend Steve G had
crashed and used in the reconstruction of the car above. It was hit in the rear but had a good front fender and
hood that I used before cutting it up and dropping it off at the local dump. Also bought the soft top, roll bar and
side tanks from Steve.
6 - Vokaro, a 2-seat, white NOS body. Still looking for a photo of this one. Found it in the local WantAdd
publication with a ton of other VW parts. Found it to be a pretty light body that would require quite a bit to make it
work so I moved on, packaged it and sold with the very last Don Howes Sr. chassis (i'm still sorry about that).
Never to be seen again by me last went to Webster, MA?
8 - Dunbars Hawk 1 Body only, Orange. No hood and hit in front with
massive engine cut out. Trimmed off the bad stuff and used it to make the
Dune Buggy Couch. I sold the couch to Rich R 2016. More photos of this
build can be found by clicking here,
9 - Dunbars Hawk II, Blue body only, the one with wider fenders and hood louvers. Dunbars was
located in the same town I grew up in and this is the "dune buggy" i knew at the time. Rough and
sold it as is to J Wolcott and no idea after that?
10 - Deserter GT, Metalic Blue. Solid and good looking body
with a good sunburn that exposed the metal flake probably
requiring a paint job. I doubt that it could be buffed back, but who
knows? Bundled it or packaged it with a chassis, windshield and
post and sold it also to Corbit. No AD tag.
11 - Sand Flee Buggy, Gold with a White Hard Top. Manufactured by Vaughn Fabrications out of Miami, FL.
Still looking for a photo of this one also Nice body, unique with two hood ridges like a C1 Corvette and a flat rear
seat area. Sold this to Jim Wolcott, Not sure what happened after that?
12 - Swamp Fox. NOS Orange flake, Made by Fabrication Enterprises of Mahwah, NJ. To
my eye a real Manx Clone with only changes to the hood area. All honesty, the fiberglass
was not that great even though it was never mounted with original heaqdlights and
windshield. lots of sunburn on the tub gel coat but otherwise solid. Had some sagging
issues in the rear seat area? Sold it off as is to Vince.
13 - Deserter GS-GT, blue, or mostly blue. Body, floorpan and chassis came from Guffy. Body
went to Mike Rags for his GS build with the body ID tag. We both used the chassis as a template
only for my GS and his. Although straight, it was way too crusty to be used as anyhting more
than wall art at this point.
More on Rag's GS car can be found at www.ragonesekitchenandbath.com/deserter.html .
17 - Meyers Manx Classic, (2018) Western Metalic Blue #66P. NOS. Found on Craigslist listed simply
as a "dune buggy". Imediately recognized it and had to follow up on it. It turned out to be a beautiful deep
blue color. Damaged in shipment it had some minor hairline cracks almost undetectable so that it was
re-tagged a Blem by Meyers and and marked CM-01BL-17. Found in Lawrence, MA from a Dave R. I
ended up selling it a year later Louis who really needed it. 6/18.
18 - Deserter S1, (2019) Debit Red NOS, a real impressive and lucky find. I mean, show me
another one like this. Again, simply listed as a "dune buggy" that was obviously a Deserter
and had to have a look at it. It was in amazing condition for 50+ years old with a few gel coat
chips but otherwise this solid color was not sun-burned and would buff out excellent IMO. I was
talked out of this one also and moved it to Shaun M and his dad Bruce M. 11/19 looking to
re-create a buggy just like done by Bruce when back at AD. Both from Autodynamics original
15 - Empi Imp (2011-2012) OK, so I thought that I'd matured once again and sold the both my Porsche
Speedster (to A Merkin) after 18 years and the Deserter GS-1 (to Darryl) after a long build, and I bought a 95
Corvette LT1, 6-speed. A really nice 50k mile car and I was able to pay for it with the proceeds of just one of
my buggy's! It came with AC, 6-way power leather seats, PW, PS, PB, Bose stereo, 300hp, 3:55 posi and great
heat. Kept it for five years and well the bug bit me again.
This time I found another unfinished project. a 2nd edition EMPI Imp from Steve B with a Jim Wolcott pan. The
one with the hood tach and molded in rear seats with a brand new pan restoration and box's of VW stuff. After
looking at it for a while, I stuck a Deserter GT body that I had lying around for restoring a few of the Gull WIng
Tops and it fit the Empi chassis pretty good, or within an inch and a half anyway. So, time to sell the Imp and
other misc parts and start my next project..