Buggy (automobile)

Buggy is generally used to refer to any lightweight automobile with off road capabilities and sparse bodywork. Most are built either as a kit car or from scratch.

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Volkswagen Country Buggy, a military buggy
Body and chassis
Body styleLightweight
RelatedHorse and buggy


Originally used to describe very lightweight horse-drawn vehicles for one or two persons,[1] the term was extended to lightweight automobiles as they became popular.[2][3] As automobiles became increasingly sophisticated, the term briefly dropped out of use before being revived to describe more specialised off road vehicles.[4][5][6]


The U.S. Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle from Apollo 15 on the Moon in 1971

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  1. ^ Felton, William (1794–1795). "A treatise on carriages". London: printed for and sold by the author; by J. Debrett; R. Fadlder [sic]; J. Egerton; J. White; W. Richardson; and A. Jameson. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Advantages of the automobile buggy". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines. July 1909. p. 72. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  3. ^ "untitled". Logansport (Indiana) Daily Reporter. 4 December 1901. p. 3. He is catapulted through space by the explosion of a ‘gasoline buggy’.
  4. ^ "Amphibian 'Marsh buggy' used to hunt oil". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines. April 1937. p. 529. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Jungle Buggy packs a load". Popular Science. May 1948. p. 122. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  6. ^ Hunn, Max (October 1954). "Swamp-buggy Steeplechase". Popular Mechanics. p. 137. Retrieved 14 August 2013.