Thursday, June 13, 2019

Devil Boy Hot Rod: 1970 Volkswagen Dune Buggy

There are times when a ride in a home built rat rod doesn't make sense -- let's say you are trying to impress the parents of your new girlfriend.  And there are times when a rat rod does make sense -- when you are trying to terrify your daughter's new potential boyfriend.  However, in either one of those cases the most important rule to remember is that you shouldn't spend a bunch of your money on the hulk, but you could let the previous owner spend his time and money building it for you.  Find this 1970 Volkswagen Dune Buggy offered for $8575 in Farmington Hills, MI via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

 From the seller:

 1970 VW Dune Buggy 
condition: like new 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: black 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: convertible 
2018 VW Dune Buggy / Roadster Pickup

The “Devil Boy Hot Rod”

Built in 2018 by Athena Custom Works in a traditional Hot Rod Style, using a 1970 VW Bug (Type 1) Chassis, VW Type 1 1776 cc engine and 4-speed transmission. He starts runs and stops perfect. Everything is new or rebuilt. 

Only 736 miles.

Shortened 14 ½ “ VW Type 1 (Bug) Chassis with new German Floor Pans Installed
IRS Rear Suspension
Pro built 1776 cc engine
32/36 Progressive Carburetor, With Electric Choke
Dual Port Heads
Doghouse Style Oil Cooler
Custom Built Side Exit Exhaust with Wrap
New Tires Front and Rear
Custom Remote Oil Filter Adaptor
VDO Cockpit Royale Series Gauges
New 2" Narrowed Ball Joint Beam, With Adjusters
Disk brakes, Front and Rear
Custom Seats
Custom Steel 1936 Chevy pickup bed, tailgate and gate latches 
Pin Striped by Johnny Z
No lack of attention to detail
Sale includes Storage Cover and Batter Trickle Charger


Look at the photos carefully because they are the best description of Devil Boy. 

Please don’t make any offers with help in selling this ride. 

No joyriders or tire kickers. 

Don’t ask if I will trade. 

I will only take cash or certified bank check.

See a better way to drive with vintage slicks?


  1. This looks like a very well done project for the asking price, but how could a grown adult drive around with Devil Boy on the back of their car?

    1. Indeed. Its like a talented, middle-aged illustrator drawing himself as the hero of his own comic books.

  2. It’s a he?

    59 Cadillac taillights just barely withstand sunlight So how do they work as a bumper?

    Which is worse, getting a beer tap in the face in reverse, or the beer tap clubbing your date like a baby seal every time you hit a bump in fourth?

  3. It looks a bit too nice to be considered a rat rod. More like a period piece that happens to be wearing flat black. Not that I'm complaining at all.

  4. This is awesome. I'm so glad it's thousands of miles away from me because with the specs, build quality, and asking price, it's really tempting. I'm not seeing the usual corner-cutting found on most fiberglass buggies and rat rods, so the shop must know what they're doing. Even going the extra step to run side-exit exhaust when shooting out the back would have been easier.

    The only thing I'd change is the shifter because the beer tap thing is cliché, cumbersome, and it would get annoying after about the first mile of driving. Stock VW shifters have a good amount of slop and with a lever that long, I can only imagine how insanely long the throw is from the top and how much that thing is a hazard like Hugh said above.

    1. Nothing you can't fix with a hacksaw and an 8-ball. Or a 7-ball if you want to be a little different, but not too different, and coordinate with the pinstripes.

  5. We shouldn't spend a bunch of your money on the hulk.
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