For some, Suzuki's Sidekick was as capable an offroader as anyone could want. For the builder of today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe dune buggy edition, that obviously wasn't the case, but will its price give you a case of the wants?
Politics and cars don't mix, and in fact short of Lincoln forever being associated with the JFK assassination, there are few cars that have become iconic in the body politic. And, with its stunning 95% Crack Pipe rebuke, yesterday's Tea Party wrapped '99 Prowler isn't going to change that any time soon. Hopefully, whatever your political leanings, your ability to vote in November will be as easy as it is here, every weekday.
Today's vote is on a candidate that may just drive you buggy. That is, you could drive this buggy. Er. . . It's a dune buggy that you could. . . Oh hell, it's a 1993 Suzuki Sidekick that's been turned into a dune buggy.
The seller claims this one-off was constructed in his fabrication shop and aside from the windscreen and dashboard there's no visual indicator of its Suzuki origins. Sporting stout tubing overhead and along the sides, this is about as open air as one can get while inviting three friends along for the ride. Those in back get theatre seating so they can check out how even your part is. Of course that separation of hairs won't last long as you'd imagine rolling in this buggy at any sort of speed would be an orgy of wind. What appear to be 4-point harnesses should keep orgies of the other kind an infrequent occurrence.
Mechanically, there doesn't seem to be any sort of modifications commensurate with the physical transformation. As it's a 1993 that means an 80-horse 8-valve four and while the ad doesn't say so, potentially a five speed stick. Four wheel drive is achieved by an independent arrangement in front and a live axle out back. In case that set up gets you in literally over your head there's what's described as a kayak rack on top, the rounded shape of which looks fully capable of rolling you over should you turn turtle.
Custom cars always offer an extra sense of the unknown because not only is its history a mystery, but so is the competence of those who have handled the customization. That being said, this one looks almost pro-built and doesn't even need the cheesecake in the ad to draw attention. The seller says that having sent his kids off to college that the thrill is gone, and now he wants the Suzuki to do likewise. Still, he's not giving it away and in fact is asking $4,900 for his custom Dune Buggy.
What do you think, is that a price that should make someone batty over this buggy? Or is this a custom Sidekick for which the price is a kick in the side?
H/T to Corey Harris for the hookup!
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