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December 17, 2018, 03:28:50 AM

Green Corvair Sidewinder Buggy

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on: October 18, 2017, 12:40:29 AM
A very reluctant sale, but a sale nonetheless. A very well known buggy throughout the Buggy forum and the MBC. A number of factors lead to it being for sale, amongst them being a French hot hatch addiction, a lack of use and a lack of space.

A Corvair powered, Sidewinder Beach Buggy built on a 1970 J plate, historic tax class chassis. The chassis I bought from Manx Dave and was particularly solid. It was shortened professionally by John Gurney, who also replaced the main front to rear fuel line at the same time

Built between 2012-2014 and first MOTd in June 2014. Has covered approx 2500 miles since.

The main part of my buggy is the engine. Engine is a 1964 110hp Chevy Corvair engine. This engine has had a complete overhaul/rebuild with many parts replaced/upgraded. New parts include pistons, rings, main & rod bearings, cam and cam gear, carbs, ceramic coated Otto exhausts, valves and valve train, two new rods (balanced and within factory tolerance to the other 4), alternator and other bits I've probably forgotten. Other work includes bored and honed (0.030" oversize) cylinders, polished crank journals with factory oil feed holes chamfered, and again, probably bits I've forgotten. Engine runs extremely well. It also has a set of chromed to wear and looks the part. It runs a std VW AB code gearbox which has had the differential flipped.

Other bits about the buggy:

Lime Green metal flake. An amazing colour, of which only perhaps 4 shells have been made by East Coast Buggies in this colour. 1kg + of flake in it, it need to be seen in.the sunlight to be believed. Has sidepods which are fitted.
Newton aero filler cap
16" screen
B&K Windwings (only included if sells for the asking price)
Cream Cobra Roadster SR seats on Flatlands style wedges
Back vinyl rear seats
Type 3 clocks
Superior steering wheel
Polished ignition switch surround and stalks
Custom polished Ali hazard and light switch pulls
Electric washer jet conversion
Vintage Speed Black Mamba sport shifter
Genuine Centerline Wheels - 9.5" rears running 295/50/15s and fronts running 195/50/15's
Flatlands front bumper with Carello spot lights and original carello covers
Flatlands engine cage
Flatlands roll hoop and spacers
Flatlands stainless steel torsion bar end caps
Floorpan baremetalled and then primed and painted with coach enamel

Am sure there is plenty I have missed. I will add some more photos later on.











Whilst the engine really makes this buggy what it is, I'm fully aware it might not be to a lot of people's taste. I'm.prepared to offer the buggy for sale either with or without it.

With it and as the buggy stands, £10k.

Without the engine, and with a std VW engine and gearbox, £8.5k.

Please contact me via here in the first instance if you are interested
« Last Edit: October 18, 2017, 12:48:24 AM by ben_w »


6 Pots...stuff your bhp, torque is king

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Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 01:15:59 AM


Ben,

Really love your buggy. Watched the thread as you went through the pain of building. Sorry but I’m going to ask again. Are you sure.
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Reply #2 on: May 29, 2018, 09:40:47 PM
So having had a think about things, a lot of soul searching, and a lot of getting cross about a lack of garage space, ill offer this once more, with perhaps more realistic pricing.

Ive just not got the room for all my toys and bits. Its a massive shame for this buggy to sit in the garage and do less than 1000 miles a year. It needs to be out and about and be enjoyed by someone. Id love someone to take it on, and make it even better. Having said all of that, if i dont get what im after for it, then i will keep it and will have to somehow find a way (and space for everything). Yes, i suppose i could do that now but im keen to finish the 306 this year too, which wpuld require an injection of cash etc.

So, as it stands, with the Corvair engine, £9k, which to be honest, i think is cheap considering the engine and all the work/parts that have gone into it.

Without the Corvair engine, and a std VW engine and box in it, £6750, which i also think is pretty reasonable.

Open to offers pretty close to what im asking.


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Reply #3 on: July 15, 2018, 12:07:28 PM
Corvair engine now sold


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Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 02:10:41 PM
you will miss it those froggy things will not sound the same :D


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Reply #5 on: July 19, 2018, 10:44:11 AM
Is it going in another buggy Ben?
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Reply #6 on: July 19, 2018, 11:55:58 AM
Unfortunately not in mine Mathew... :'( :'(


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Reply #7 on: July 19, 2018, 03:06:19 PM
Yes Matt.

A guy called Chris from Leeds is having it.


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Reply #8 on: August 08, 2018, 11:50:48 PM
Buggy now sold too


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Reply #9 on: August 09, 2018, 10:44:56 AM
Thats an end of an era   :'(

I bet the new owner is as pleased as anything with it though  ;-)up
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Reply #10 on: August 09, 2018, 11:18:39 AM
He is. Absolutely mad keen to get it delivered!


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Reply #11 on: November 07, 2018, 10:32:30 PM
I can not believe the new owner of this buggy has put it on Ebay  :o :o :o

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Reply #12 on: November 08, 2018, 07:35:29 AM
Owner doesn’t say why it so quickly being sold and favours evening and night time shots which doesn’t begin to do justice to the colour.
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Reply #13 on: November 08, 2018, 07:52:54 AM
May be the change in the weather and the reality of owning a buggy that it is not all hot sunny day cruising


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Reply #14 on: November 08, 2018, 08:25:39 AM
I think that I read on Facebook he may be having some health issues.
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