Bugaloo Buggy created by George
The Buggy has a long and very
interesting history. Thankfully, it has been restored after being
auctioned, shipped overseas and stored underground in France.
It's history begins here with the most recent events first.
Photo courtesy of Peter J. Greenwood. Thank you,
On February 18,
2012, the Buggy was auctioned off yet again and now resides in the The
London Motor Museum situated in Hayes, Middlesex, United Kingdom.
Restored and Groovy
New wings, too!!
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. 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
How fantastic is that!
new owner, Gary
Hillman (r), and creator, George Barris (l)!
George doing his TV interview.
Barris worshipping, I mean autographing the Buggy!
In 2007, the Buggy was auctioned again
and found a new owner.
The last we knew
of the whereabouts of the Buggy was in France in dark, underground
After 20 years in France, and little
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
April, 2009. George Barris is also scheduled to attend - what a
reunion! I will provide details and pics of the show when
For now, enjoy the newest Buggy photos!!
happy I could fly!!!
Buggy was uncovered in underground storage in France. There is
some speculation as to why it, along with other film/TV cars, was kept
hidden. Unfortunately, the original wings were lost. The
story is they were lost in transit from the US to France.
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
Bugaloos" television 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"
and to "ride"
on water. The buggy was equipped with two large flapping
and twin screws installed under the rear body for high-powered
sporting. Oversized 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. The
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
The Bugaloos buggy was another
television show car constructed especially at the Barris Kustom shop
for Krofft Productions. The producers desired a small,
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
look. 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 custom
bucket seats with leaf-like design elements that continued the buggy's
nature theme. Four Capitol Communications telephones and four
Muntz stereo 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 to
design a plastic model kit based on the program vehicle (which never
saw production. See MCP catalog in Collectibles).
- Barris TV &
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. Multi-colors
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.