Whacky custom wheels on auction

2012-01-17 09:53

Classic-car auctioneer Historics is bringing a number of whacky wheels to the block for the Mercedes-Benz World show in England in February 2012.

Historics, no stranger to selling truly individual vehicles having auctioned a Batmobile, a Ghostbuster car and Monkeemobile, will use its first sale of 2012 to showcase the Bugaloos Buggy, created by George Barris, a ride made famous in the children’s TV show of the same name in the early 1970’s.

Also on sale will be the six-engined Snake Pit (also designed by Barris), a set of 447kW Bunkbeds built by Bob Reisner and an original Hans Trippel Amphicar.

Barris, creator of the original Batmobile and later versions of KITT for Knight Rider, built the Bugaloos Buggy using a glass fibre body on a VW floorpan. The car was built to look like a bug with wings. It was set on a T-shaped roll bar and had over-sized headlights designed to look like eyes.

The interior was fitted with custom bucket seats featuring a leaf design. The car is street legal and is presented in superb condition, with Historics estimating offers in the region of R148 000 - R186 000.


The bizarre, multi-engined, seven-metre Snake Pit took Barris' team four years to create. Fitted with six Ford Cobra V8 engines, the Snake Pit boasts an estimated 1491kW, and with 12 Holley four-barrel carburettors, 48 exhausts, two Ford C-6 automatic transmissions and a pair of Pontiac rear axles, the Snake Pit is all about extraordinary figures.

Indeed Joe Bailon, a car customiser also famous for introducing the three-part process used to create candy paint colours, added 30 coats of lacquer to compliment the orange and pearl white paintwork.

Snake Pit

SIX-ENGINED MONSTER: Estimated to be worth in excess of R807 000, the Snake Pit is sure to grab the attention of any custom car enthusiats, especially those with deep pockets.


The sale will also bring every boys dream of a racing car bed to life in the form of a 447kW set of Bunkbeds. Although a non-runner, the Bunkbeds has a V8 engine, automatic transmission, disc brakes all round and super-wide Goodyear tyres and could in theory be steered from the comfort of the top or bottom bunk.

Guaranteed to give a good night’s sleep, the Bunkbeds would also provide the perfect promotional plug for any bed shop or mattress maker, and Historics expect offers in the region of R148 000 - R186 000 for the superbly crafted custom car.

An original Amphicar designed by Hanns Trippel is also being presented at Historics upcoming sale. It is one of only 99 right-hand drive models built (20 still exist), the 1965 Amphicar was previously owned by the French restaurateur Didier Milinaire and caused a ripple of excitement when it appeared on the Thames during the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta.

Powered by an 1147cc Triumph Herald engine, the "Model 770" Amphicar could achieve seven knots on water and 112km/h on land. Historics anticipate bids in the region of R160 000 - R210 000.