1968 Volkswagen

Smisek Dune Buggy



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1968 Volkswagen

Smisek Dune Buggy

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Sunny days at the beach call for special vehicles to get you there. This one-of-two, custom-bodied VW Beetle-based dune buggy was designed and built by a professional automobile clay modeler. Based on a vision of the ideal dune buggy with a roof and practical attributes such as rear seats and storage compartments, this vehicle also boasts a roof-rack to carry your surfboards. An upgraded 1,835cc flat-four engine offers commendable performance while premium Hella headlights and fog lights ensure proper visibility after dark. This unique buggy is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.

Vehicle Information

LocationAnaheim, California 92806
VIN / Chassis118085520
Mileage56,100 Miles Shown - TMU
Engine1,835cc Air-Cooled Flat-Four
Transmission4-Speed Manual
Exterior ColorBronze
Interior ColorBlack
Title StatusSalvage (California)
Loan StatusNo loan

Seller Information

Vehicle History & Overview

The seller’s vision for this project was to create a vehicle evocative of the bodywork found on Yamaha’s Raptor quad and the well-known Meyers Manx, but with the practicality of a roof and doors. Utilizing a neglected 1968 Volkswagen Beetle donor-car, he created the vehicle you see here. It features an 1,835cc air-cooled flat-four and premium Hella headlights and fog-lights paired with LED taillights and help increase nighttime visibility. Build notes, receipts, and magazine features are included.

This unique vehicle is one of two in existence and has been featured multiple times in automotive magazines. While others had already created dune buggies from the humble Beetle, few if any had integrated a roof and doors. The seller, a professional clay modeler for more than 30 years, chose to include those attributes in his build. Although challenging to implement, the benefits of the roof are obvious thanks to the built-in rack. Front and rear storage compartments further increase practicality while modern Hella lighting offers greater versatility for usage day or night. The vehicle also retains rear seats to allow for the entire family to enjoy.


  • Custom dune buggy style bodywork

    • Partially enclosed roof with integrated roof rack

    • Full-frame doors

    • Front and rear storage compartments

    • Hella Parabolic headlights

    • Hella fog-lights

    • LED taillights

  • 15-inch alloy wheels

    • 205/75R-15 Wildcat Radial A/T front tires

    • 30 x 9.50R15LT BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 rear tires

  • Partially completed interior

    • Bucket front seats (airbags non-functional)

    • Custom bench rear seats

    • 3-spoke steering wheel

  • 1835cc air-cooled flat-four-cylinder engine


  • The interior is functional but unfinished and lacks interior door panels, headliner, etc.

  • The vehicle carries a salvage title due to the condition of the donor-car, but according to the seller the frame does not appear to have sustained any structural damage

Included Items

  • Design and build documents including drawings and receipts

  • Multiple magazine features

  • Partially completed hard-top

Additional Information

  • The pictured surfboards and clay model are NOT included.

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