This is the standard buggy on a shortened (-27,3 cm) VW-Beetle chassis. The Buggy C offers place to 2+2 persons. C stands for "Court" or short. Typically Apal are the hollow bent side-skirts.
Regarding the production numbers this was the major break through for Apal. In those days the buggy craziness in the southwest of the USA really reached its heights, and Pery saw the potential which this concept could have here in Europe as well.
He developed a buggy with sufficient individual character to be really attractive. The design was characterized by a good isolation of the engine compartment. And also the very efficient soft-top ensured the rising popularity of this buggy in our less sunny climate.
From 1971 on, this model was also imported in the Kingdom and later built under Apal license by Cartune of Middlesborough. The English molds were handed to Lightspeed Pannels, then to GT Mouldings and finally to Country Volks.
The same buggy on an unshortened chassis is the Buggy L (Longue). This time with enough space to place the original front as well as the back seat of the VW-Beetle.
For those who wanted a buggy on an unshortened VW-Beetle chassis with enough place for four or five persons, there was the Buggy L.
A lot simpler to build at home because with this long version there was no need to shorten the chassis.
Also loved, but perhaps a little less elegant compared to the short version.
From 1969 up to 1981 Apal built approximately 5500 copies Buggy C and Buggy L. The cars were exported to 20 countries among which virtually all European countries but also to countries much further away, such as Angola.