Jacobellis writes, “Dune buggy. The name alone brings a childlike grin to my face. But what we’re about to examine here is not child’s play. We’re talking about a street-legal dune buggy that is ideally suited for excursions in desert terrain near the danger-ridden Mexican Border. As you will read in this article, there are a number of reasons why this vehicle is ideally suited for use on paved roads, secondary roads and in off-road conditions. Even the paint scheme on this particular special-purpose tactical ride is ideal for trips into the more remote regions of the Southwest.
“When fuel prices began to rise, my friend Larry Kotz, an Arizona-based Class III SOT dealer, decided that he needed a more fuel-efficient vehicle that he could use to travel into wilderness areas to field-test and train with firearms. The vehicle that he purchased to augment the Toyota 4×4 SUV that he normally drives is the dune buggy that is featured here. The only major modification that had to be made to his ride was to raise the windshield to provide better protection for the owner/operator. This modification was a critical necessity for operating a motor vehicle in a state where rock chips on windshields is a common occurrence. Raising the windshield also made it more comfortable to operate this vehicle at higher rates of speed on paved roads as well as in off-road conditions.”