By Doug N 925 Date 2008-05-13 02:24
I just got a late 60's Martin Enterprises, Inc (emblem on hood), original gold metal-flake fiberglass body. Can anyone help me with the history of this manufacturer?
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-05-13 23:45
LETS SEE SOME PICS!
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-05-14 02:24 Edited 2008-05-15 01:59
I just posted a photo of the front end. I will get a better photo tomorrow of the emblem. I think I just discovered by using the Samba Dictionary with caches, that MARTIN ENTERPRISES, INC. is of Folkestone, England. Martin-Waller teamed with Devin to create fiberglass bodies for dune buggies during the 50's-early 70's. I don't know if the info is accurate, though for my buggy.
Click on the attachment and see the emblem! Any info would help.
Attachment: DuneBuggyEmblem.JPG (603.6k)
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-05-14 02:57
That body looks similar to an ID request within the last year on the Samba. I'm wondering if there are two little curved teardrop indentations on the hood beside where the lights mount. Can't really see much in the pic.
Cool buggy. I like the square type hood with the curved fenders. Lots of character.
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-05-14 10:08
It was listed on Samba last year. Yes, there is the teardrop indentations on each side of the hood, and a middle hood ridge. The rear is rounded, no cutouts, though the air intake of the carb extends vertical up thru a circular hole of the body, and it's centered behind the tag. Under the bench seat are two molded storage boxes, one for battery and one for storage.
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-05-17 16:50
What do you know? Any knowledge of the emblem?
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-05-18 05:14 Edited 2008-05-18 05:25
Sorry, no. You are one of the lucky ones though... At least you know what company manufactured your body. Who knows... its possible that a photo of an original emblem may turn up now that we know who made that body.
EDIT*** I had not realized YOU had a picture of the emblem. I just went back and re-read the thread and looked at the emblem. Sorry for the confusion.
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-05-18 05:36
I don't have any vintage info on Martin, but I did find this place out of texas. I Think the chances of it being the same company is pretty slim, but it may be worth a phone call. Sometimes your geographic location will help in trying to narrow a company down, but that's not written in stone either as some buggies do seem to have migrated.
Port Arthur, TX 77651
Website: no web site listed
Phone: (409) 721-6396
Fax: (409) 721-6386
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-05-19 18:52
I think I just discovered by using the Samba Dictionary with caches, that MARTIN ENTERPRISES, INC. is of Folkestone, England. Martin-Waller teamed with Devin to create fiberglass bodies for dune buggies during the 50's-early 70's. I don't know if the info is accurate, though for my buggy.
Jay...thanks for your input. I hope my photo of the rare emblem helps your archives!
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-05-20 02:55
It will! It will... Right now I've been busy getting ready for the Mid America Show in IL. I'm sure I'll get back to doing image updates shortly after the show and lets not forget.... the BUGGY BUILD '08!
We'll get a Martin Buggy ID set up soon.
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-05-20 19:29
Here's a front photo of my Martin Enterprises, Inc. manufactured dune buggy mid-late 1960's.
Attachment: MartinBuggyFront.jpg (56.8k)
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-06-24 15:51
Can I send new photos so you can make a new Martin Enterprises, Inc. gallery item for i.d?
What additional photos would you like so we can do this right?
1969 Martin Enterprises Dune Buggy
By Jay H (X-20) (ManxVair CC) Date 2008-06-25 03:58
I'm glad you asked. We'd love to fill each and every buggy with high quality digital images.
Here's a link to an article I wrote on taking pictures for the ID: http://www.dunebuggyarchives.com/PhotoGuide
I'm behind with image updates for quite a few buggies, not just the Martin. As soon as I slow down a little, I'll try to catch up as soon as I can.
If you'd like, you can send images directly to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for helping out with missing images.
By Doug N 925 Date 2008-07-07 20:01
By daniel m 3476 Date 2012-11-20 18:10
i know this topic is a bit old, I to have a martin ent buggy, got it last week, from an estate. In the buggy included all original documentation including canceled checks. Inside the folder was a fiberfab clodhopper installation manual with a stamp on the cover..... MARTIN ENTERPRISE, INC. 703 E. 152nd Street Cleveland, Ohio 44110. My friend who is now in his 70s and into buggys (the person I obtained my buggy from) said the company was owned by two brothers, and they assebmled vw kit cars in the 70s and shipped them all over. So the martin ent buggy is actually a fiberfab clodhopper as mine looks identical with badges, its complete and never been disassembled, until now, it needs alot of restoration. Hope this helps!
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