The Dune Buggy or Sand Rail?

By | January 12, 2015

Sand rails are also known as dune buggies by some enthusiasts, but in reality both names mean the same thing, a custom vehicle that can take on sand and dirt where regular vehicles cannot.

A dune buggy can fall under a wide range of categories that come in many sizes and shapes. In many ways they can look like an oversized go cart, a larger frame with a motor mounted in the rear. They offer two variations in traction, two wheel drive or four wheel drive.

Back in the 1960’s a design came along that revolutionized the industry. The Meyers Manx. Made out of fiberglass and sporting a swooping design with its big front round headlights, the Manx became a popular off road machine. The body would drop onto a VW beetle frame and bolt right up. With a little effort in assembly you could have a dune buggy that would go in the dirt or drive on the street. When people would say dune buggy, they would often say, “oh you have a Meyers Manx.”

In today’s world dune buggies can still be a simple off road machine like the Meyers Manx. Most dune buggies will consist of a frame, roll cage, seats and a motor. They can be assembled by using different parts, various motors and some even come turbo charged for a quicker response through the sand dunes.

Simplified dune buggies are fine for some of the enthusiasts out there, but then you have the more elaborate custom built dune buggy that has all the bells and whistles. They can be outfitted with roofs, GPS, seat heaters, high output V8 motors, seating for 4 people and custom body work. As seen on the JM4 Motorsports website, these type of dune buggies can start at $60,000.00 and go well over $100,000.00.

With the help of the internet you can search for a manufacturer that can meet your off road expectations.