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Summer Daily: 1961 Volkswagen Berry Mini T

The VW Beetle has proved to be a very flexible tool in the kit car builders toolbox. They can be used to create GT40 replicas, batmobile replicas – or anything which takes your fancy due to the simple nature of the chassis and cheap availability of the cars. One of the most popular types of conversions was the Dune Buggy, which is the most prominent and well-known of the conversions. In fact, these are so popular that they are still being built and completed today – including the one we see here today which has recently been converted on a 1961 chassis and is available in Wichita, Kansas. If this car interests you, then it’s available on Barn Finds Classifieds here, for $15,000, and the seller is open to sensible offers.

The Berry Mini T was a conversion offered by Berry, who had a simple fiberglass body that could be bolted to the VW chassis and built into a hot rod style car, with echoes of classic 1920s cars. Our seller has converted his into a dune buggy in black with the conversion completed recently. There is a new 1600cc engine in the car which is said to run well and potentially had some upgrades but the seller is unsure what these may have been. However, it runs well and has had a lot of care and attention spent on bringing this up to spec, insofar as it has won two awards for best of show in recent months.

The fiberglass exterior is in mint condition, as well as the rest of the car. The engine looks spotless and those exhaust pipes will definitely turn heads at your next car meet. Whilst the interior is basic, it has been clad in leather and has a number of Bosch gauges that cleanly fit on the dash behind the wheel. You can tell this has been a well-built and well looked after car which will have many years of service ahead of it. And thanks to its VW mechanicals, parts and upgrades will be easy to come by.

The best part about the car is that it comes with a clean Kansas title, and has working lights and indicators meaning you can drive it to your next cars and coffee or just use it as your summer daily. So the question is – if you were the lucky owner of this Dune Buggy, how would you use it?


  1. Dave

    Cute, but looks incredibly dangerous in a crash situation.

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  2. tony t

    “The best part about the car is that it comes with a clean Kansas title … ”

    That’s it? This is “The best part”? Let me up … I’ve had enough.

  3. Malcolm Boyes

    Is it registered as a 1961 VW..per the chassis? That is what happens with most VW specials ..makes this good for California where it might well end up.

  4. Scott Marquis

    Hope that cylinder is full of Marshmallow Fluff.

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  5. George Birth

    Neat little car!!! I’ve owned several V W’s but never a dune buggy as cute as this one. I would love to own it, but it is beyond my budget for a family car.

  6. JagManBill

    I had one of these – this one looks exceptionally well done.

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