The Car: Son of The Bug

THE CAR

Newest thing in outdoor knockabouts is an informal hybrid that has yet to gain a name. Stubby, raffish, minimal, it is obviously designed for sport!

Equipped with bloated rear tires, it rolls as easily over beaches as a dune buggy; wearing snow tires, it can roam freely on backwoods trails as a hunting vehicle. It is comfortable, fast as a rabbit and already immensely popular (one estimate places the number in use at 10,000). But where do they come from? Only when the car starts is its genealogy revealed: beneath the skin beats the shrill, short-stroke engine of the lowly Volkswagen.

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