If we stick to the etymology, the term “buggy”, of Anglo-Saxon origin, designates a four-wheeled cart whose body is reduced to a platform surrounded by low panels. In America, the buggy is equivalent to the cart of the French peasants.
In terms of automobiles, the term fell into disuse at the turn of the 20th century. The word “American” was preferred to him to designate an open car, light, sporty, equipped with four wheels of the same size at the front and at the rear, with a flat-bottomed body, transverse suspensions and pivoting front axle.
The star buggy of The Thomas Crown Affair.
The buggy bowed out for many years. Until the moment when several American artisans imagine creating a toy starting from the mechanical basis of the Volkswagen, the good old Beetle so often put to use.
The most spectacular diversion of the Volkswagen will see the light of day in the form of “dune buggies” in the 1960s.
As their name suggests, these cars are meant to have fun in the dunes of the American West.
These are hulls reduced to a minimum, perched on large wheels giving off significant ground clearance to enhance crossing qualities while being content with two-wheel drive. The concept found its fulfillment with the “Manx” model invented by Bruce Meyers, a specialist in plastic constructions.
Dune buggies are remembered in large part by Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen, and are seen leaping through the dunes in a famous scene from Norman Jewison’s 1969 film The Thomas Crown Affair.
With an unforgettable theme by Michel Legrand for the soundtrack…