BaT Auction: Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

This buggy is believed to have been built circa 1969 using a “Sand Rover” body from Poty Enterprises and a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle chassis. The car was acquired by its current owner in 2014 and has since been refurbished and modified in Jolly style. The body was refinished in a salmon color and the underside treated with Gravitex coating. Equipment includes a tasseled soft top, chrome headlights and taillights, wicker front seats, a column-mounted tachometer, and a stowable beach umbrella. Power is from a 1.5L flat-four equipped with an EMPI exhaust system and mated to a four-speed manual transaxle. Work performed during current ownership included replacing the wiring harness, windshield, steering wheel, tires, body-mounting hardware, transaxle-mounting brackets, and throwout bearing, in addition to adjusting the valves, cleaning the cylinders, and servicing the heads. This buggy is titled in California as a specially constructed vehicle and is offered by the seller on behalf of its current owner.

Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

The seller notes that the body was removed from the pan before being refinished in a salmon color from PPG. The car is equipped with a tubular front bumper, rear bar, and sill bars, as well as a custom roof frame covered in removable, striped Sunbrella fabric with tasseled edges. New head and tail lights were fitted during current ownership along with a new windshield, turn signals, and gas cap, and the nose cone has received factory fender welting. Non-load-bearing hardware has been replaced with stainless steel or plated items, and the seller notes minor chips in the paint.

Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

Steel 15″ wheels are finished in ivory and have been widened to 8″ out back. They were fitted with new chrome hubcaps during current ownership in addition to 6.00″ Royalton front tires and 275/60 Pro Trac rear tires. The body-bolt spacers and mounting hardware have also been replaced.

Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

Custom wicker seats are based on stock seat frames, while the rear seat pad is upholstered in striped Sunbrella material that matches the top. The inner tub was lined with Gravitex prior to painting, and Volkswagen floor mats were modified to fit in the buggy’s shorter wheelbase. The shift knob, emergency brake boot, and body-to-floor seal were replaced during current ownership. Note the beach umbrella secured in the rear seating areas with leather mounting straps.

Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

The replacement steering wheel features a chrome horn and frames a column-mounted tachometer. Dash-mounted instrumentation consists of a 90-mph speedometer and voltmeter in addition to gauges for fuel level and oil pressure. The latter was fitted with a new switch during current ownership. Approximately 83k miles are shown on the five-digit odometer, and total mileage is unknown.

Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

The 1.5-liter Volkswagen flat-four was overhauled during current ownership. Work included cleaning the cylinders, servicing the heads, adjusting the valves, fitting new drain tubes and plug wires, and replacing the shrink-wrapped wiring harness. An EMPI exhaust is fitted along with dual-port intake manifolds that merge into single port runners.

Volkswagen Jolly-Style Buggy

Power is routed to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transaxle that was fitted with replacement mounting brackets and a new throwout bearing during current ownership. The seller reports that underside surfaces have been treated with POR-15 and Gravitex coating.

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