Caterwagen: 2001 Volkswagen Dune Buggy

Building a Caterham (Lotus) kit car will set you back something in the range of 40-large even with today’s excellent dollar-pound exchange ratio, and even a used off-brand kit will cost in excess of $10k.  However, if you are willing to live with something that is a bit more Volkswageny and less Lotusey…you can save even more money.  Find this 2001 or 1972 Volkswagen Dune Buggy offered for $5,995 in Tacoma, WA via  Tip from JB1025

This thing is probably based on a production kit instead of a one-off custom, but I couldn’t figure it out with a 30 second interwebs search — so you guys can figure it out for me.  Whatever it is — I like it!

Hanging behind the rear wheels is some Volkswagen flat-4 that has been hopped up beyond its factory horsepower with a number of bolt-on parts.  It appears that this kit uses a custom tube chassis instead of the Volkswagen pan for a backbone, so it should be stiffer and lighter than the average buggy.

See a better way to cruise in a buggy?