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Automirage - L- Moon Buggy - 1976

Lot reference 18291107

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Current bid $14,203
Next minimum bid $15,387
Location: Roma (Italy)
Auction fee: 9% of the winning bid

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Can be picked up in: Italy - with Italian registration - 55349 kilometres - Overall in good condition with traces of ageing

Brand: Automirage
Model Type: L- Moon Buggy
Year: 1976
Located in: Italy
Body style: Dune buggy
Mileage: 55349 km
Registration papers: with Italian registration
Condition: Overall in good condition with traces of ageing
Certificate available: Yes
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Petrol
Colour: beige

Extremely rare “L Moon” buggy by the historic Automirage of Bologna, the manufacturer that, along with Puma and Autozodiaco, created the myth of the buggy in the 1960s/1970s.

The car is among the rarest ones produced by Automirage. Its full name is "L Moon", where "L" stands for long. It refers to a chassis (coming from a donor VW Beetle) which, instead of being shortened, was left in the same size of the original to ensure an outstanding comfort in the rear seats (this is very hard to find in alternative models). "Moon" is a tribute to the lunar rover used in 1971/1972 during the Apollo spaceflights.

Only 21 units produced. Very few of them are still around. Today’s auction refers to the no. 18.

The car is in very good condition, it starts and runs perfectly. The gearbox is perfect and so are the clutch and the brakes. The original VW Beetle chassis and 1,192 cc engine were manufactured around January 1974, judging from the VW VIN database, and the car was manufactured and registered in Italy in the early 1976. 12 V electrical system with VW alternator.

The car body is made of fibreglass with an appropriate thickness. The car is solid to the touch and doesn’t sag under the pressure of your hand.
It has a RAL 1001 beige paint in good condition, although there are a few cracks here and there and some signs of minor restorations. However, repainting it is an easy job, both if you wish to touch up the paint or to change it completely.

The seats are original and covered by a camouflage fabric with some signs of wear. Some tears are visible. The new owner will decide whether to keep them as proof of authenticity or to replace them. They were surely steam cleaned last month.

The car was used by the previous owner as a show car in events, fairs and clubs. That's why it has a blue LED lighting system under the chassis. It can be activated with the controller placed on the dashboard, which allows you to choose the preferred graphic pattern.

All instruments have a light and work: speedometer, odometer, rev counter, fuel gauge, instruments for engine temperature, oil pressure and battery voltage. Xenon fog lights and double headlights.

The car comes with two rubber winter soft tops (one for the front seats and one for the rear seats) and a summer soft top made of camouflage fabric for the front seats. The vehicle is prepared for the winter heating, but you need to replace the two custom trumpet-shaped silencers with the standard Beetle silencer.

The rear tyres can be studded in order to use the car on snow tracks.

Car type-approved as “unique specimen” (with EU approval on the registration certificate). It is also registered in the Italian historic cars register.

At the moment, it is probably the only one up for sale.

This car can be viewed and picked up in Rome, Italy.

This is a used vehicle. It is highly advisable to view the vehicle before bidding, to avoid disappointment afterwards. To arrange a viewing appointment or for more info, please contact Catawiki. Offers are excluding transport and export, unless otherwise indicated.

It antonio  

Member since: November 24, 2015

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