Also generally called seashore buggies and sand rails, they grew to turn into wildly in model with the launch of the Meyers Manx, produced by California surfer and entrepreneur Bruce Meyers. Debuting in 1964, Meyers received right here up with the concept of lifting the physique off the distinctive Volkswagen Beetle and altering it with a fiberglass, open-topped shell, making a few totally different modifications that may let it operate on sand dunes, along with public roads.
Volkswagen estimates that as many as 250,000 of the distinctive Beetles have been modified into dune buggies and totally different distinctive fashions by the 1980s. Meyers himself relaunched his agency in 2000, nonetheless relying on the first-generation Beetles that proceed to ply U.S. highways.
Volkswagen isn’t offering many particulars about the new e-buggy, nonetheless the teaser pics reveal that it picks up on the conventional design first pioneered by the Manx, with a protracted nostril, a stubby tail, a shortened windshield, roll bar and extreme facet sills reasonably than doorways. Knobby, outsized tires suggest that, like the distinctive sand rails, the VW e-buggy concept is designed to operate every on and off-road.