To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Amelia
Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020.
$40,000 - $60,000
- Built in Daytona Beach, Florida
- An incredibly original and unrestored buggy by Allison
- Showing only 4,500 miles, believed original
- Documented by the Dune Buggy Archives
- The iconic dune buggy of its generation
Please note that this lot is titled as Volkswagen.
If the beach was where the '60s generation escaped to, the dune
buggy was the vehicle of choice to take them to their "endless
The dune buggy craze began on the West Coast-popularized by Bruce
Meyers rocketing to fame with his record-breaking victory in the
inaugural Baja 1000. On the East Coast, however, there were few
competitors to be found. In Florida, Ken Allison, already the owner
of a well-known and highly regarded paint and fiberglass body shop,
turned his attention to making his own buggies.
Allison's aptly named Daytona buggies were the product of
husband-and-wife team Ken and Arlene, with a handful of employees
at their Port Orange facility. They produced about four to five
buggies a week, and Allison enjoyed relative success in the
fiberglass buggy market with a total of some 600 examples built.
Allison's products were done in the familiar buggy style, but with
thicker, higher-quality, hand-laid fiberglass compared to their
The first Allison buggies were the standard short-body version as
seen here. This Daytona was built upon a 1966 Beetle swing-axel
chassis shortened 15 inches and powered by a Volkswagen 1,600 cc
dual-port engine. Although the original owner is not known, the
entry in the Dune Buggy Archives registry suggests that the buggy
was previously owned by a John Bishop of Utah, who used it
primarily for advertising his construction company as well as
driving it in local parades. It was then acquired by Kelly Foster
of Kamas, Utah, who noted that the buggy remained entirely original
and unrestored, with just 4,000 original miles.
Now with just 4,500 miles on the odometer, which are believed to be
original, and painted in a beautiful period green with teal-blue
striping, this Allison Daytona is the ideal buggy for those looking
to enjoy a little fun in the sun.To view this car and others
currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at