Building a Caterham (Lotus) kit car will set you back something in the range of 40-large even with today's excellent dollar-pound exchange ratio, and even a used off-brand kit will cost in excess of $10k. However, if you are willing to live with something that is a bit more Volkswageny and less Lotusey...you can save even more money. Find this 2001 or 1972 Volkswagen Dune Buggy offered for $5,995 in Tacoma, WA via Premium-motors.com. Tip from JB1025
This thing is probably based on a production kit instead of a one-off custom, but I couldn't figure it out with a 30 second interwebs search -- so you guys can figure it out for me. Whatever it is -- I like it!
Hanging behind the rear wheels is some Volkswagen flat-4 that has been hopped up beyond its factory horsepower with a number of bolt-on parts. It appears that this kit uses a custom tube chassis instead of the Volkswagen pan for a backbone, so it should be stiffer and lighter than the average buggy.
See a better way to cruise in a buggy? firstname.lastname@example.org