Identify buggy

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Identify buggy

Postby Grasack » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:55 pm

Anyone (Fossil?) identify this buggy

From the style it appears english origin to me. Pardon the photos but I only picked it up this arvo.

Need manufacturer to get further specs especially the type of windscreen used

No I didn't cut it in half but because I have standard chassis am hoping to get it extended

Thanks
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby VWNuts » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:41 pm

Not sure what it is, but there was one for sale in Byron Bay a while ago.....

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I'd check to see how close a mini screens measures up

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Re: Identify buggy

Postby ABBA » Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:38 pm

Windscreen configuration looks a lot like a Manta Buggy which use an early 60's KG. Or so I'm told.
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Tratty » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:49 pm

Mmm I like it :D
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Grasack » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:54 pm

Thanks Guys for the info on windscreens, it gives me a starting point.

Although I would have thought that Fossil would have identified it by now and given applicable websites. He is brilliant at finding out these obscure things on buggies

VWNUTS Yeah it looks the same but my bum is not as big as that one. Out of interest , do you know what price it went for ??

TRATTY She's nice and curvaceous, a little bit like Dita Von Teese
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby nodunes » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:12 pm

Modified Manta
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby maxfxwonder » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:02 am

My first buggy was one of those.....the guy i got it off said it was a Sandwinder???
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Grasack » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:52 pm

Nah it's not a modified manta although it has the feel of a Manta and it's not a sandwinder. Both have no side pods and the wheels are more open whereas this one has enclosed wheels

The construction is a bucket on the floor pan and another upper half has been pop rivetted to it.

I have been looking at as many buggy websites as possible and cannot find anything that is the same. The previous owner also couldn't identify it either after much time on the web. He thought he saw one in the background of picture from one of the English sites. I may have to join one of these forums and see if anyone there can identify it

I am open to any other suggestions in identifying this model
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Fossil » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:12 pm

sorry for late reply. I don't get on here much these days.
Its a Astrum Condor. There was a total of 15 made.

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already in history section.
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Grasack » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:21 pm

WOO HOO you've done it again Fossil

So If I was to restore it as a LWB buggy would it still have the same historical impact. I am not looking at the monetary value of the unit but whether or not it is historically important in the context of Australian motoring and as such is it worth restoring.

What do you think ??
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby VWNuts » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:39 pm

Only 15 made, thats much rarer than a manx......
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby maxfxwonder » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:50 pm

And the one i had got burnt to the ground after it was stolen from me so you can take that out of the gene pool...... :shock:
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Fossil » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:08 pm

Grasack wrote:WOO HOO you've done it again Fossil

So If I was to restore it as a LWB buggy would it still have the same historical impact. I am not looking at the monetary value of the unit but whether or not it is historically important in the context of Australian motoring and as such is it worth restoring.

What do you think ??


I dont think anyone would be to concerned if you turn it into a lwb. yes its rare. but its not really a well documented model, nor a real desired shape of buggy. so id say go ahead mate. its your buggy. dont let anyone stop you from doing what you want in a buggy. good luck with it
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Grasack » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:11 pm

Thanks guys for all the encouragement

Maxfxwonder : do you have any photos of your old buggy that you could pm me ?? I dont need the burnt photos though.

I have sent an email to the son of the original Astrum builders, Byron, to try and get some more info on the condor
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Re: Identify buggy

Postby Grasack » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:31 pm

Last weekend I met with Keith Wilson the guy who built the Astrum buggies

Turns out that only 3 Condors were ever manufactured and with one burnt means there is only a possibility of 2 units in existence. Does anyone know where the other Condor maybe or do you own the other one. I would like to hear from you if this is the case

Also Astrum built their own chassis and it was approved by Vicroads. Does anyone have any more info on this chassis ?? I have asked Vicroads to check their archives but I don't expect that they will be able to find it's specs etc. Keith does not have any paperwork re this. It uses beetle front end and type 3 rear end components

I would like to create the buggy as it was intended and maybe it could be seen as being historically important in Victorian motoring

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