Lot Number
286

1969 HAZ Buggy

Sold For €56.000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - MONACO 2016


Chassis No.
Engine No.
HAZ-0009 3875881
0428762

Documents: Greek Vehicle Registration Certificate

  • Rare, early example; TÜV approved
  • Highly original, retaining period features
  • One owner; bought new by the consignor
  • The iconic dune buggy of a generation

53 bhp, 1,500 cc VW OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front torsion bar suspension, trailing arm rear suspension, and four-wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 2,364 mm

The beach was where the ’60s generation escaped to, and the dune buggy was just the iconic vehicle to take them to their Endless Summer.

The dune buggy was the brainchild of Bruce Meyers, who developed the combination of a fiberglass body and shortened Volkswagen Beetle chassis in 1964 after realising the design’s potential for off-roading use. The design’s fame was assured after a record-breaking victory in a race in the Baja Desert and epic wins in the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Its role as a status symbol was further cemented when Elvis Presley drove one in the film Live a Little, Love a Little and when Steven McQueen set off across the dunes in The Thomas Crown Affair with Faye Dunaway at his side.

The design even caught on in Europe, where the highest-quality example was the HAZ (or Hazard) Buggy, manufactured by Autohaus G. Kühn in limited numbers from 1968 until the early 1990s. High standards of quality and construction included approval for legal road use by TÜV, the German Technical Inspection Association.

The car offered here was among the first HAZ Buggies built and remains in excellent original order, including its wooden steering wheel, black vinyl seats, and fiberglass tub finished in the original and striking red paintwork. All is set off beautifully by the classic E-T Classic V-style magnesium wheels, a correct period accessory. Underneath, the proper VW Beetle engine has been maintained for excellent performance.

The HAZ Buggy is ideal for continued enjoyable summer use or as a rare opportunity for the VW Beetle collector looking to have a little open-air fun!



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