The Volkswagen Beetle isn’t only an icon of the 1960s and the counter-cultural revolution, but also one of flexibility and adaptability, with numerous Beetle variants available from either VW or crafted by the aftermarket community. A great example of the latter is this slick dune buggy that will be among the suite of collector cars being offered at the 2015 Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida.
Based on a 1966 Beetle coupe, this beast has received numerous upgrades that allow it to tackle vast sand dunes and deserted beaches with ease. The Beetle-derived platform has been heavily reinforced for the rigors of beach driving, while the vehicle as a whole benefits from a raised suspension that improves ground clearance and keeps the vehicle from getting stuck in the sandy terrain. In addition to its modified platform and suspension components, this special Beetle also commands attention via a custom green paint job with catchy graphics on both sides of the car (it be somewhat of a shame to get all that pretty artwork caked with mud). Protecting its stylistic flair are specialized front and rear bumper guards, as well as a roof-mounted rack that can hold spare tires or supplies for an extended trip into the sandy depths.
The interior of the dune Beetle, meanwhile, has also been modified and features custom gauges, a meaty three-spoke steering wheel, and dual bucket seats that look comfortable, but their lack of side bolstering may lead occupants to wish for more support when engaged in spirited driving.
The Dune Beetle’s performance lives up to its looks thanks to a suite of upgrades designed to not only give the Beetle more muscle, but to also protect it from the sometimes-damaging effects of sand particles thanks to revised air intake pipes and heavy duty filters. The power is channeled to all four wheels through a manual gearbox that is paired up with a transplanted transfer case to allow the buggy to conquer a wide range of terrain and obstacles with minimal effort.
You can check out the official listing here to see more photographs of the Dune Beetle, and to find whether it has what it takes to earn a spot in your garage.