Before Citroën's My Ami concept, these 5 beach combers made their mark
It won't get you to the beach in a hurry, but Citroën's latest concept car, the My Ami, will certainly get you noticed. Based on the push-me-pull-you box on wheels that is the Ami electric city car, the My Ami gets wider wheels and chunky tires to skip across the sand, wider wheelarches, and extra body protection. https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/citroen-my-ami-concept-5-beach-combers/
I am with you @50s60s70s! The Meyers Manx - or any of the knockoffs - is the first thing that came to mind when I saw the title to the article. I also thought of the Baja Bug as well. The dune buggy, however, is still my preference -- and, someday, I hope to find one in my garage.
I personally own a 1967 Mini Moke, its has a transplanted 1380cc Copper S engine and it goes like hell, rubber in 3 gears, the smiles per mile is worth driving it alone. 4 seats, top down what more do you need.
It fits in our Toyhauler that use to occupy BMW 1300K, this is way more fun!
We built dune buggies in high school during the 1960's when they were the hot thing. I would still choose one of those over any other "beach" conveyance. The school I went to had a deal with Sears Roebuck to buy tools and other materials that were for educational use for cost. Sears sold dune buggy kits at that time, so we could get a kit for less than $200 bucks. We would scour the local junk yards for discarded VW beetles, and cut the 14 inches out of the pan, weld it back together, and make all the other changes after school each day. We would rebuild the engines, hop them up with all the parts we could get from Warshawski's, and sell the finished buggies to the rich kids in town. Those things were really fast and nimble with the heavy bug bodies gone.
I also built Manx, Deserter and other dune buggies in high school during the late 1960's early 1970's as Barrington Buggy Works in Illinois. I have my own barn find it's my Deserter built over 40 years ago that is sitting in my family's barn that I will be rebuilding this year.
Any time you are someplace where these cars are in use, you're doing fine..
For me, it would be the Moke which i first saw while in Barbados on vacation in January, 1987. They were buzzing around all over as rentals... It was easy to want to stay in Barbados, but making a living would be necessary. Eventually, i stumbled upon the rental location and one Moke had its' hood up. To my surprise it had an MGA or similar driveline. Having restored an MGA 1600 Mkll 15 years earlier, I toyed with the idea of buying the guy out or opening a competing location.
Well I've been a so cal beach baby all 66 years of my life, outside of the "Thing" the rest is nonexistant. In the 70s all the bright yellow lifeguard trucks, are the most common BUT nothing says BEACH!!!!!! PARTY!!!!! BINGO!!!!! like my 1965 ford falcon van!!!!!! CALABUNGA DUDE, SURFS UP BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♂️🏄♀️🏄♀️🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🥰
My brother had a couple of Meharis back in the late 1970s. One he parked it at school over the summer in a parking lot on a hill. When he returned he found it at the bottom of a hill where merry pranksters had shoved it. It was a fun car and I wouldn't mind having one.
It looks like most people find these cars to be pretty much useless. Maybe if you had a villa a few blocks from the beach, they would be good for transporting people to and from the beach and the sandy feet, sun screen and wet bathing suits would not ruin the interior of your Bentley. Yes, they are cute, but cute is not high on my list of the desirable assets of an automobile.
None of these ca hold a candle to a Meyers Manx, or any of the many copies built on a shortened VW chassis. Even VW's Thing, with similar engine and chassis, isn't in the same class. This is a list of the best of the second best.
Back in 1971,I drove my 1962 Rambler American onto to the sand of Jamaica Bay In Queens NY. I had oversized rear tires on it so I figured it would have no problem. Long story short, got stuck in the sand,tow trucks couldn't get it out before the tide came in.Good bye Rambler.
I built Manx, Deserter and other dune buggies in high school during the late 1960's early 1970's as Barrington Buggy Works in Illinois. Dune Buggies are best especially if you built it. I have my own barn find it's my Deserter built over 40 years ago that is sitting in my family's barn that I will be rebuilding this year.