Build or Buy: Santa’s Summer Slay

Hey Santa, we know you’ve been working your chubby fingers to the bone getting gifts ready for all the children of the world, and you’re looking forward to a few weeks at the beach before it starts all over again. We think you need a rad rod to soak up as much sun as possible while you’re away; you should replace your sleigh with a car that will slay, like, a classic dune buggy. But do you build or buy, big guy?

Argument: Buy
Article: 1969 Dune Buggy

So you’ve been building things all year for others, right? Why not relax and buy the best buggy you can find? Here’s a killer red sand sleigh that will have you and the Mrs. giggling like kids as you careen around the beach.

This 1969 dune buggy is tricked out with tons of chrome bits, a 1641cc engine with dual Weber carbs, and a roll cage to keep you safe. There’s a set of digital gauges and a killer Clarion stereo. And of course, it’s painted your favorite shade of red.

There’s a lot more information on the eBay ad. The seller is asking $24,995 and the car is in Fort Worth, Texas. Maybe if they’re on the Naughty List you could get them to come down on the price a bit.

Argument: Build
Article: 1959 Manx-Clone Dune Buggy

If you’re up on your dune buggy history, you know that Bruce Meyers never got his fantastic fiberglass design patented. Some companies bought Meyers Manx bodies and used them to make their own molds. We know they never got off the Naughty List Santa, and we thank you for that.

Well here’s one of those clones. An honest and simple dune buggy on a 1959 (wow!) Beetle chassis. Now the nice thing here Santa is that it’s already a runner. So if you’re looking for a low-key beach ride, this might be perfect for you. Or take a couple of elves and have them spruce it up.

This ’59 buggy is in Traverse City, MI, and the asking price is a very affordable $2900. Take a look at the ad on for more information.

No matter which you choose, we hope you have a great vacation. Oh, and if you still have room on your sleigh, here’s a little something we’d love (and it’s red too!). Merry Christmas!