BF Success Story: Howell Craft VW Dune Buggy

As some of you likely know, I am helping to clear out a large collection of salvage and project vehicles from a private owner. You can read more about the collection here in Part I; here in Part II; and the latest update in Part III, readable here. We also have a dedicated post on the trucks in the collection viewable here. The HowellCraft / Meyers Manx replica is staying local in Georgia, and will be getting a full restoration at the hands of its new owner including a freshly-built dual port motor. For other projects up for grabs, check out the links above or below.

And remember, if you have a classic that needs a new home and would like to sell it here on Barn Finds, you can read more about getting it listed here!

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  1. sluggo

    Before going overseas, I was stationed in Mt Home AFB Idaho with a guy we called “Biff Malibu” (Rich Muncey, Hey! Anyone runs across that guy PM me!) Biff/Rich was infatuated with the SoCal scene despite being from Michigan or someplace. Some of the guys from SoCal made fun of him and tried talking sense into him.
    (Reality is by the time you hear about something cool and try to copy it, Its no longer cool in SoCal) But at one point Ol’ Rich bought a similar Dune Buggy and strapped surfboards to it. IDAHO! Seriously, WTH? Where you going to surf? The Snake River canyon? Ahhhhhh Fun TIMES!

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  2. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    I don’t remember seeing the Howellcraft dune buggy in any of the write-ups about the GA collection. But, whatever…good luck to the new (local) owner! Tough to tow a rear-engine car with a tow dolly like that unless you have a locking swivel for the front wheels…at least it wasn’t a rear-heavy Corvair sedan.

    • George

      Not sure that there’s an engine in there.

  3. Andre

    Tow this with a simple A-frame. I’ve dragged one all over South Africa for years, both as a fishing rig and sometimes just to serve as a luggage trailer. No need for the dolly, it tows like a dream.

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  4. Little_Cars Little Cars Member

    Some states (perhaps nationwide now) have prohibited the use of A-frame “tow bars.” I’ve used mine for decades but off the beaten track. Last new one I saw for sale was something at an estate sale around 2013 and the auctioneer even stated it was not for commercial use.

  5. rod444

    I bought a dune buggy like that in California and dragged it 2000 miles home to Canada on a tow dolly. Not smart.

    Here’s a little known fact: If you haul a swing axle buggy 2000 miles on the freeway, the outer edge of your once good tires will be bald by the time you arrive. Who knew?

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