Bugaloo Buggy created by George
The Buggy has a long and
interesting history that begins here...
1970s - A
Barris Fun Buggy four-passenger
fiberglass body was used as a base for the
hockey stick silhouette design of the Bugaloos Buggy, featured on "The
series. Since the concept of the show,
Martha Raye and the four Bugaloos, showed
the group with wings enabling
them to fly, it was determined logical for the car to "fly"
on water. The buggy was equipped with two large flapping
twin screws installed under the rear body for high-powered
headlights looked like the eyes of a bug,
while the taillights
were tunneled portholes that
illuminate at night. Wide
oval Firestone tires
were installed on Ansen one-piece sprint wheels.
interior was individualized
for each Bugaloo - each star having his/her own telephone
Muntz stereo tape system with individual earphones. The buggy
in a green,
yellow and orange butterfly theme with orange and purple
pinstripes. - Cars
of the Stars, ©1974
Bugaloo Buggy was sold at the Cars of the Stars collector car auction
at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel on Sept. 25, 1983. The
auction catalog featured
this write up: Another most creative
TV show by SID
& MARTY KROFFT, the Bugaloos, starred Caroline Ellis, Wayne Laryea,
John Philpott, John McIndoe,
and Martha Raye. BARRIS was given
the challenge to make the group's fantasy rod with BUTTERFLY WINGS
mounted on the sides of a BOOMERAND
fiberglass bodied dune buggy.
This buggy was powered by a VW engine. The buggy is equipped with
four bucket seats and four telephones for the stars.
were sprayed and combined with contrasting pin stripes by BOB
BOND. Quad KRACO units were installed for music backup with the
singing group. This feature toured the HOT ROD SHOW WORLD and ROD
& CUSTOM EXHIBITS.
1996 - The Bugaloos buggy was
television show car constructed especially at the Barris Kustom shop
for Krofft Productions. The producers desired
wild-looking, fun buggy to incorporate into their new NBC-TV
series. To supply an automotive interest for the series, Barris
built the buggy in late
1969 to be used in the 1970-71 TV season.
His motivation: The vehicle was to possess all of the fun
characteristics that made the
Meyers Manx dune buggy
famous - yet
the concept beyond the envelope with attention-getting color and design
elements. The goal was a completely different and vibrant
Using a four-passenger body mounted on a Volkswagen
floorpan, the buggy actually looked just like a bug - mixing well
the show characters who could
fly and walk on water like little flying
insects. The design featured a T-shaped rollbar set over the rear
wheels with a pair of "wings" that gave the effect of
an airborne bug
yet allowed plenty of space for television camera maneuvers. The
chassis rolled on Ansen Spring alloy wheels, highlighted with orange
spoked centers. The fully fendered four-wheeler featured
oversized headlights that looked just like bug eyes. On the
outside, the paint scheme was a wild
combination of green, yellow and
orange applied to copy the markings found on a butterfly's wing.
There was much more. The interior was fitted with four
bucket seats with leaf-like design elements that continued the buggy's
nature theme. Four Capitol Communications telephones and four
tape cartridge players were also installed. A
four-tone horn was on board as well, offering a distinct tone for each
one of the characters. Fully street legal,
The Bugaloos buggy was
used extensively in the show. When the series was introduced to
the airwaves, Barris contracted with model kit manufacturer MPC
design a plastic model kit based on the program vehicle.
- Barris TV &
2003 - The Bugaloo
Buggy was uncovered in underground storage in France.
some speculation as to why it, along with other film/TV cars from the
Cars of the Stars auction 20 years prior, was kept
hidden. Hidden due to an
unpaid financial transaction?
Unfortunately, the original wings were lost.
story is they were lost in transit from the US to France. Photo
courtesy of bugaloos.com
2007 - The
last known whereabouts of
the Buggy was in France in storage. The Buggy
was auctioned again
and, after 20 years in France
known about it's history in
between, I am happy to say the Buggy is
back in the light
with new owner, Gary Hillman!
The Buggy is
now in London and
process of being fully restored. In fact, the Buggy
will be shown
for the first time in over 30 years in a car show in Sweden in
George Barris is also scheduled to attend - what a
2009 - Seen in
public for the first time since being sold at auction in 1983, the
was featured in a car show in Sweden, April
10-12, 2009. Along with new
owner, Gary Hillman, George Barris
attended and signed the Buggy!
loved it and done a piece on TV about the car. I also built some
and got them fully working as
well. It really did look like it
came alive when they
- Gary Hillman
2009 - Seen here with Gary is
Barris worshipping, I mean autographing the Buggy!
photos courtesy of Gary Hillman - http://ww.mydadstoys.co.uk/Cars/Bugaloos.htm
- Sold again at auction, the Buggy
now resides at the London Motor Museum.
Hey! The museum stole my