With today being National Dune Buggy Day, we hope you drove yours to work, or school, or the grocery store. Or best of all, the beach. Living near the beach as I do, I see them on occasion and am always a bit jealous.
A proper, classic dune buggy isn’t that expensive, but being supremely impractical for many functions, they don’t serve well as your only car. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where I live, doesn’t allow them on the sand anyway. But some beaches not too far away let you drive on the beach.
So instead of pining away, let’s look at some more affordable options.
Solido Meyers Manx
This 1/18 Manx is one of the few classic buggies you can get in a larger scale. You can almost hear that VW engine puttering away!
Hot Wheels Deadpool/Spider-Man Buggies
For the 2017 Sand Diego comic con, Hot Wheels made a 1/64 scale model of Spider-Man’s canonically reviled car. Even more fun, they did a chase version, “vandalized” by Deadpool.
Franklin Mint 1971 Meyers Manx Dune Buggy
This is one of the more expensive models on the list, in 1/24 scale. Detail is quite good, and the surfboard is a nice touch.
Hot Wheels Sand Crab
This 1970 super custom dune buggy almost looks like a practical form of transportation. That gap between the short windshield and hardtop canopy might mitigate that description.
Johnny Lightning Speed Buggy
Oh, to be a kid again on a Saturday morning in the early 1970s. Quite a few anthropomorphic vehicles were in cartoon form, and this was the most memorable.
Some people regard the dune buggy as a joke of a car. Speaking of jokes, today is April Fool’s Day, so there’s no such day as National Dune Buggy Day. But you still want one, right?