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Dune Imp Registry

Newly put back into production by Dune Engines LLC in 2011, the Dune Imp uses the 1970 Imp molds to produce brand new bodies, hoods and side pods.

 

july 19.2011

Body empi imp 1969 #1018
Frame 1962
Engine 40hp
Status on the road
Owner Dave michelsen
Front Tires/Wheels 67 Dodge charger
Rear Tires/Wheels 67 Dodge charger
Location Earlville,Il
Story Built winter of 69-70 by me for total cost of about $1500

 

November 4, 2011

Body Two 1964-1967 generation Empi Sportster FOUR SEATERs, only 20 ever made. Not from a kit, the windshields do not fold down. Both need restoration. One is green (originally orange) with black interior, the other blue with white interior. Somewhat rough but can be brought back to life. Bodies are metal, not fiberglass.
Status Both for sale on ebay: Item numbers: 320786663686 & 320786670638. Auction ends Wednesday, November 9. Lots of pictures available on ebay ads.
Owner John and Tiffany Green

Link http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/?cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649&item=320786663686&sspagename=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/?cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649&item=320786670638&sspagename=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT

Location Texas
Contact Email: jtgreen@verizon.net
Story Bought these vehicles a couple of years ago to restore, but have too many vehicles in collection that need restoration. Unfortunately, something has to go. They need a good home. Since they are super rare, you will probably never come across owning two out of twenty again.

 

Serial #1482

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp
Status On the Road...
Owner The Tuckers
Location South Central PA
Clubs None Yet...

 

Serial #1480

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Body 1969 Empi Imp, #1480
Frame 1977 Frame w/ new floor pans
Engine 1600cc duel port : 1971-1973
Status on the road
Owner Kevin McIntyre
Transaxle Rebuilt Swing Axle, 437 gears from SoCal Imports, Super Diff (Positraction), VW 4 speed
Location NC
Contact 69empiimp@gmail.com
Previous Owner Raymond Zingg

1968 EMPI Imp Registry

'68 and '69 EMPI Imps have a scoop nose with a recessed license plate area that tucks way under the hood. The Serial Number Plaque will indicate its a 1968. There is no tach area on the hood as is found in the 1970 EMPI Imp.

There may be a serial number plate mounted to the body on the vertical surface below the rear seats.

The rear seat area has a battery well on the passenger side and three front to back indentations as opposed to the 1970 EMPI Imp with molded in seats.

An EMPI logo is molded into the front of the body under the hood.

 

Serial #405

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #405, currently faded pink (originally metal flake green).
Engine 1600 (not running).
Status In pieces
Owner Ron Castillo
Transaxle VW Swingaxle.
Contact SCARAB979@aol.com

 

Serial #424

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #424, Originally Gold Metal Flake, Soon To Be Blue.
Frame 1971 Frame.
Engine 1974 1600 Dual Port.
Status Under construction. (An in crate project).
Owner Glenn Maisenbach
Link EMPI Imp #424
Location Panama City, Florida
Contact Panama City, Florida

 

Serial #450

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #450, original color metalflake green, will be changed to chartreuse metalflake with original style pinstriping. Will be equiped with as a complete "Super-Sport" kit. Front and rear IMP badges, EMPI globe side panel logos, N.O.S. chrome tail lights, wood GT wheel, early gauges, w/pod tach, DelSwift mirrors.
Frame Looking for a 1967 "CA. black plate" chassis to modify. (Currently on a 1959 chassis.)
Engine EMPI equipped 1600cc. "EMPI RAM INDUCTION KIT", Zenith 32NDIX, 010 and EMPI dress up trim.
Status Finally going to get the correct EMPI restoration it deserves.
Owner John Schuler
Previous Owners: Dave at Bug Junction, Gainesville, Florida; Walt, Augusta, GA (VWFreakinGa@aol.com)
Front Tires/Wheels 5 lug sprint stars
Rear Tires/Wheels 5 lug sprint stars
Location Yucca Valley, CA
Contact cycletrucker@mindspring.com

 

Serial #483

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #483, green.
Frame 1965 VW Beetle Frame.
Status On the road.
Owner Skip Richardson
Location Lafayette, GA
Contact jmitchell@fragahs.com
Clubs Scenic City Volks Folks

 

Serial #530

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #530, Originally Candy Apple Red, Now Semi Metallic Dark Green.
Frame 1960 VW Beetle Frame.
Engine 1967 1500cc Single Port (soon to be a 1635 Dual Port).
Status Needs a new engine.
Owner Don Velasco
Location Edwards, CA
Contact ITripper@aol.com

 

Serial #554

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #554, primed and sealed
Frame 1960 or 61 VW Beetle Frame. It has spindle mount wheels on front, so its not plumbed for front brakes although he has the front hubs. It has new rear brake lines. He doesn't like riding people in the back seat so to give it a sleeker look, he cut 4" out of the roll bar and the windshield frame. He has the original seats (no pads) original wood steering wheel (no horn button).
Engine Brand new not fired up yet `1641 cc /ceramic coated exhaust.
Status For sale.
Owner Brent
Location Owosso, MI - between Flint and Lansing
Contact CorbiFam4@aol.com or 989-666-4729

 

Serial #570

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #570, original metal-flake orange from the factory. White convertible top, gold vinyl seats, including a gold vinyl rear bench seat and gold carpeting in the interior.
Frame 1961 VW Beetle Frame.
Engine 1961 1200cc engine and transmission.
Status The Imp was given to me by my daughter and son-in-law for my 60th birthday in August 2001. I am in the process of having it registered as a newly constructed vehicle in Pennsylvania. The Imp is in very, very good condition.
Owner Richard F. Kovacs
Location Bethlehem, PA
Contact Dickeeboy@aol.com

 

Serial #689

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #689, originally metal flake green, now metal flake blue due to sun. Original wheels, Swedish gauges, wood or wood fiber steering wheel with logo. Had top but was removed due to sun damage.
Frame VW Beetle Frame.
Engine 1600cc Dual Port.
Status Restored weekend driver
Owner Steve King
Link Imp #689
Location Spartanburg, SC
Contact steandlynn@aol.com

 

Serial #519 - Da Blimp

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #519, original blue metal flake with a paint clear coat. Original Imp front turn signals.
Frame 1962 VW Beetle Frame.
Engine 1962 VW Beetle Engine - 40 HP single port.
Status Hanging out in the hanger waiting for the dunes to open.
Owner Paul Moran
Rear Tires/Wheels Sand Tires Unlimited (STU) DesertTrak 1450x15 on Douglas spun aluminum rims.
Transaxle Stock 1962 I assume...
Location Silver Lake, MI
Contact empi_imp@yahoo.com
Story Purchased off eBay because we were going on vacation and #1002's Subaru engine wasn't running yet. Now it runs too good to get rid of!
Clubs DBA, Subbug Yahoo Group and Classic Buggy Club

 

Serial #423

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Body 1968 EMPI Imp #423, Originally Silver Metal Flake.
Frame 1959 Frame.
Engine 1970 and Stuck.
Status Under construction.
Owner David Engle
Front Tires/Wheels Sprint Stars.
Rear Tires/Wheels Sprint Stars 10" on the back.
Link Bug Junction
Location Gainesville, Florida
Contact vwandstudebaker@yahoo.com
Story How did I find it? A guy who was looking at one of my bugs told me about his friend that had it sitting in the woods where they parked it a couple years ago.
Clubs South Eastern VW Club

 

#494

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Body 1968 Imp,Formerly Metalflake Gold..Now Intense Blue Pearl
Frame 1969 Front /1972 Rear
Engine 1600 Dp Stock with weber progressive carb
Status Daily driver.. weather permiting
Owner Bryant Gilley
Front Tires/Wheels 14x5 205/60/14
Rear Tires/Wheels 15x10 295/50/15
Link http://dudbust.tripod.com/dune_buggy/index.album?i=0
Transaxle 1972 IRS
Location Mobile Al
Contact gonepostal63@yahoo.com
Story Found in 3 ft weeds when I went to purchase another body...so I bought both..other body is a Joe Potty Serial numbered manx clone..will start that project next

 

#459

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Body 1968 empi imp
Frame 63
Engine 74 1600
Status under construction
Owner brian mabry
Location sauk village illinois
Contact brian mabry 708 906 9661

 

1968 empi imp

Body 1968 empi imp
Frame 1968 vw beetle
Engine 1776 cc
Status restored weekend driver
Owner lewis and bonnie hughes
Location clinton sc
Contact lewis49@charter.net

1968/69 EMPI Imp Unserialized Registry

'68 and '69 EMPI Imps have a scoop nose with a recessed license plate area that tucks way under the hood. The Serial Number Plaque will indicate its a 1968. There is no tach area on the hood as is found in the 1970 EMPI Imp.

These buggies have no serial number plate attached below the rear seat.

The rear seat area has a battery well on the passenger side and three front to back indentations as opposed to the 1970 EMPI Imp with molded in seats.

An EMPI logo is molded into the front of the body under the hood.

 

Scott Postmus

Body Pre-1970 EMPI Imp, yellow.
Status On road and in the sand!
Owner Scott Postmus
Contact scott_postmus at spartanstores.com

 

Robert McKenna

Body EMPI Imp, original yellow, now multi-color metallic, no options
Frame 1972 VW Pan
Engine 1600 high performance VW, type 3 blower
Status On road
Owner Robert McKenna
Location Palm Coast, FL

 

Bill Moore/Brenda Jordan

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Body Pre-1970 EMPI Imp, original solid green, repainted same green, now yellow.
Frame 1948 VW Pan, upgraded from cable brakes, mounted with elevator bolts
Engine 40 HP VW, with early stroker kit
Status On road, runs good, looks good.
Owner Bill Moore/Brenda Jordan
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-unk1.html
Location Spokane, WA
Contact simplysaltwater@webtv.net

 

Randy

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp # Unknown, red but soon to be yellow. Originally red metal flake.
Frame 1965 VW Beetle
Engine 1973 1835cc VW
Status Currently undergoing complete restoration.
Owner Randy
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-unk11.html
Location Cambridge, ON
Contact crafty@sprint.ca

 

Paul O. Thomas

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Body Early EMPI Imp, red.
Frame Titled as a 1967 VW, but the pan is an earlier Type I.
Engine 1641cc VW
Status On the road.
Owner Paul O. Thomas
Location Johnstown, PA
Contact vwbuge@hotmail.com

 

Bruce Clark

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Body Pre-1970 EMPI Imp, Gold Fiesta Metal Flake gel coat. It has the nose emblem, black, "wrinkle" finish dash, molded in battery compartment, and an old soft top.
Frame 1960 VW Beetle mounted with elevator bolts
Engine Haven't decided, but leaning toward 1700 or 1800 dual port. Bus transaxle.
Status Today, it rolls, but the engine is sitting on the ground. It hasn't been licensed since 1971. Just been sitting in the backyard.
Owner Bruce Clark
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-non3.html
Location Sacramento, CA
Contact bwclark@sbcglobal.net
Clubs Don't belong, but this is the first step.

 

Loic

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp
Frame Disc brakes on the front.
Engine Type 3 engine.
Status It probably won't see the road before years 'cause of the work on it. It's in pieces. So it's stocked in a box 350km away.
Owner Loic
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/dbunk15.html
Location Paris, France
Contact l.giroult@caramail.com

 

Owner unknown

Body Pre-1970 EMPI Imp
Frame 1973 IRS frame & chasis. The previous owner had taken out 2 of the spring plates in the front beam in a attempt to lower the front which made for a bumpy ride at high speed.
Front Tires/Wheels Generals 165-15 on 7" wide four lugs chrome five stars.
Previous Owner Bryant Johnson, Mulberry Florida (bjpac@prodigy.net)

 

Don

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Body Pre-1970 EMPI Imp
Frame Lighted frame with adjustable aluminum front beam and full roll cage.
Status Ready for Test Hill.
Rear Tires/Wheels Competition cut Desert Trak 14.50 rear.
Location Silver Lake, Michigan

 

Brian Williams

Body Pre-1970 EMPI Imp, metal flake red (original), front EMPI Imp emblem, chrome tailights, and a complete Bahimi fold down top with side curtains.
Frame 1967 VW
Engine 1776 with port and polished heads and dual Dellardo 36's
Status Waiting to be restored.
Owner Brian Williams
Location Castro Valley, CA

 

"Suicide Ride"

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Body 1969 Imp Dragster (6.9 Second 1/8 Mile and 10 flats in 1/4 Mile), jet black w/chrome lip around edge of body (originally solid yellow)
Frame 63 VW Pan, weld-in adjusters w/beam shims, full roll cage w/5 pt. harness
Engine 2332cc Scatt engine complete w/duel 48 IDA's and split-port heads
Status For sale.
Owner Steve
Front Tires/Wheels 4" Douglas w/4" Firestone skinnies front, JCS aluminium spool.
Rear Tires/Wheels 7" Douglas .125 aluminium rear w/ 8.5" slicks and
Transaxle 67 Swingaxle w/4.12 Ring and Pinion, swayaway axles
Location GA
Contact thelighthouse@accessatc.net

 

Jeremy

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp, original metal flake green, front EMPI Imp emblem, soft top.
Engine 1776 cc, .041 heads, single 40 weber, .009 distributer
Status This Imp was for sale and was bought by Jeremy in Michigan for a street toy.
Owner Jeremy
Front Tires/Wheels Aluminum Mitchell wheels
Rear Tires/Wheels Aluminum Mitchell wheels, and Desert Trak sand tires
Link http://www.geocities.com/empigtv
Location Michigan
Previous Owner The McMillians

 

Dave Lance

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp, recently painted Orange with pearl gloss coat.
Owner Dave Lance
Location Dover, FL
Contact vwempibuggy@aol.com

 

Original EMPI IMP Dunebuggy Body

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Body Original
Status For Sale!
Owner Henly Fugate
Link thesamba.com
Location Located 20 Miles South Of Knoxville TN!
Contact chf37801@aol.com
Story Purchased From Close VW Friend! No Time! Would Hope EMPI IMP Will Go To A New Loving Home!

 

1968/69

Frame 65 VW
Engine 1776 WEBER PROGERSSIVE
Front Tires/Wheels 195/70-14
Rear Tires/Wheels 275/60-15
Clubs WWW.CEREALCITYTUBCLUB.COM

 

No Serial # Bill King

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Body Originally white gelcoat
Frame Late 50's VW pan
Engine Early model Corvair. Engine # comes back as 84/102 hp with P.G.
Status Two other buggy projects are ahead of this one
Owner Bill King
Front Tires/Wheels Wide five VW
Rear Tires/Wheels Five lug 15x7 Chevy rally
Transaxle 63 Vair 4 speed, 3.55:1 ratio
Location Winchester, Virginia
Contact buggyboys@hotmail.com
Story College student away at school, parents were moving, told him to get rid of it. Was supposedly built in late 60's. Has homemade Corvair conversion similar to Transvair. Appears heavy duty. I do have an actual Transvair kit that will end up in the car.
Clubs Buggyboys
Previous Owner Unknown who the original builder was, car was originally from Arizona.

1969 EMPI Imp Registry

'68 and '69 EMPI Imps have a scoop nose with a recessed license plate area that tucks way under the hood. The Serial Number Plaque will indicate its a 1968. There is no tach area on the hood as is found in the 1970 EMPI Imp.

There may be a serial number plate mounted to the body on the vertical surface below the rear seats.

The rear seat area has a battery well on the passenger side and three front to back indentations as opposed to the 1970 EMPI Imp with molded in seats.

An EMPI logo is molded into the front of the body under the hood.

 

Serial #1004

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1004, Metallic Purple
Frame 1958 VW Beetle Frame.
Engine VW Beetle Engine - 1600cc Single Port (Dual Port in the future).
Status On the road, radical custom, lowered 2", chopped windshield and roll bar (4").
Owner Paul Yeager
Link EMPI Imp #1004
Location Northern Virginia
Contact Paul Yeager
Clubs "The Buggy Boys" Dune Buggy Club (buggyboys@hotmail.com)

 

Serial #1011

Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1011, diamond white pearl (originally green metal flake).
Frame 1960 VW Beetle frame with adjustable front end added and dropped to give my Imp that raked look. Rear torsion bars are set at maximum height for that pro-street look.
Engine 1970 110 HP 1835 cc engine with Weber 44 IDF, Jacobs Electronic Ignition and dual glass packs.
Status Working on the wiring.
Owner Wayne Herring
Front Tires/Wheels Michelin X Radial 185/15's on 15 x 5 1/2 Empi Sprint Stars.
Rear Tires/Wheels Original EMPI GTV wheels, on the rear (10" wide).
Location Lubbock, Texas
Contact werks@earthlink.net

 

Serial #1013

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1013, Green Metal flake with bikini top.
Frame 1964 VW Beetle Frame. Modified torsion leaves with one full width layer and one half width layer out of the torsion leaves in both the top and bottom tubes.
Engine Late Model 1915cc Dual Port with a single Weber progressive carburetor and aluminum coated exhaust.
Status The Imp is traveling the country behind their motor home.
Owner Bob Johnson
Front Tires/Wheels 205/65 R15 with 6 inch wide wheels with standard VW offset.
Rear Tires/Wheels 265/75 R15 on 8 inch wide wheels with standard VW offset for on and off road. In sand, Dessert Trak 12.00 paddles on 10 inch wheels also with standard (3.5 inch) offset.
Link EMPI Imp #1013
Transaxle The transaxle is a swingaxle with short axles and a later model center section using 3.12 to 1 ring and pinion (which isn't low enough for 31 inch tires) and stock gear ratios.
Location Hays, Kansas
Contact bjohnson@sunflower.net

 

Serial #1065

Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1065, originally green metal flake now yellow.
Frame 1962 VW Beetle frame.
Engine 1965 1200cc single port.
Status Daily driver whether permitting (Previously owned by Brian Koger, Batavia, OH).
Owner Leonard Watson
Location Milford, OH

 

Serial #1088

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1088, original metalflake - looking for official color name.
Frame 1966 VW.
Engine 1500cc VW.
Status The car was bought from my Father in 1971 from an Italian man that come from Africa (Lybia!!!) To Rome driving!!!! This man bought the Imp Kit and build it in Africa, and drove the Imp to go in honeymoon in Ciad! The imp , is all original (seats, wheel sprint star, steering Wheel EMPI GT etc). On the road.
Owner Francesco (Frank) Ansaloni
Location Italy
Contact frankansaloni@tin.it

 

Serial #1222

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1222, yellow with soft top.
Frame 1965 VW.
Engine 1600cc DP VW.
Status Being inspected currently
Owner Alex Surra
Location Ronks, PA
Contact redog_69@hotmail.com (MSN IM) AOL IM: vdubhippy
Story I found one a year prior, and fell in love with them, but I had no money at that time. A year later I found one on eBay and I had to have it, so I drove from 10:30 until like 2:30 am, slept in Western PA for a few hours, then I drove the rest of the way to Ohio, and towed it back the next day. A long trip in less than 48 hours, but it was worth it, male bonding with my dad, and I got my dream car.
Clubs Southern PA VW Club

 

Serial #1319

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1319, originally orange, but now yellow with emblems.
Frame 1960? Frame.
Engine 1974 1641cc Dual Port with dual Kadrons.
Status Fully restored.
Owner Jerry Cox
Link Imp #1319
Location Central Indiana
Contact jerryc@ccrtc.com
Clubs Midwest Dune Buggy Club

 

Serial #1370

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1370, Original color was blue, but was repainted a different shade of blue.
Frame 1969 VW Frame.
Engine 1600cc.
Status Recently sold.
Owner
Previous Owner: Jill Tracy, Florida Old Link
Link Old Link
Contact thetracys1@aol.com

 

Serial #1337

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1337 NOS, brilliant red metal flake.
Status Complete kit in the box.
Owner Richard Brown
Location Slidell, LA
Contact bugman@communique.net

 

Serial #1389

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1389, Gold Fiesta Metal Flake, original seats, Landau top, side curtains.
Status Possibly undergoing restoration.
Owner Richard Brown
Location Slidell, LA
Contact bugman@communique.net

 

Serial #1490

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1490, bright red (originally gold metal flake).
Frame 1960 VW Pan, CB 2.5" lowered spindles and adjusters on the front beam.
Engine Stock 1600 dual port with megadual exhaust.
Status On the road thanks to help from his son, Corey.
Owner Bob Ochsman
Link EMPI Imp 1490
Location Northern Virginia
Contact ochsman@us.net

 

Serial #1495

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1495.
Frame 1964 VW Beetle Frame.
Engine 1600cc Dual Port.
Status It IS going back together!
Owner John Unkle
Location Hagerstown, MD
Contact Junkle3@aol.com

 

Serial #1002 - The Black Imp

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1002, Black Prizmatique (Originally Blue/Green Metal flake) painted by Dan Peletis.
Frame 1965 VW Beetle Frame, secured with elevator bolts, manual turning brakes, compensator, adjustable front beam and rear spring plates. Raked lift kit (0" front/4" rear).
Engine Subaru 2.0L twin turbo (EJ20TT)
Status On the road and full of sand (from Silver Lake Michigan).

 

Serial #1082

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1082.
Frame 1967 Frame.
Engine 1835cc Air Sucker
Status On the road.
Owner Byron Grams
Link SpeedBuggy
Contact bygrams@indigoharbor.com

 

Serial #1480

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1480, Originally Non-metallic Orange, Now Metallic Blue.
Frame 1967 Frame.
Engine 1600cc Dual Port.
Status Currently getting the ground up treatment.
Owner Raymond Zingg
Contact Farshot1@yahoo.com

 

#1439

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Body Originally red non metallic now VW 1965 blue
Frame VW stock floor shortened
Status Sold on ebay this week
Owner Unknown

 

Serial#1325

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Body 1969 Empi Imp
Frame 1970 Type 1
Engine 1679cc
Status Currently about 95 % complete
Owner Rob Marchese
Front Tires/Wheels CMS 15x7 225/60/15
Rear Tires/Wheels CMS 15x10 295/50/15
Transaxle Stock IRS
Location Hampton,NJ
Contact bobby8566@aol.com
Story Found on ebay had "Jesus Saves" graphic written on the back

 

Serial #1010

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Body 1969 EMPI Imp #1010, original gold factory finish.
Frame 1957 VW frame.
Engine 1968 1600 dual port w/ EMPI Kadron carbs.
Status "UNIQUE" Supreme Series (reverse backspace on rear) 5 x 4 3/4 wheel adapters. tires are 205/60R14 front, 275/60R15 rear.
Owner Chuck Sostak
Front Tires/Wheels "UNIQUE" Supreme Series (reverse backspace on rear) 5 x 4 3/4 wheel adapters. tires are 205/60R14 front.
Rear Tires/Wheels "UNIQUE" Supreme Series (reverse backspace on rear) 5 x 4 3/4 wheel adapters. Tires are 275/60R15 rear.
Transaxle '68 trans.
Location Lombard, Illinois
Contact impdriver@hotmail.com
Clubs VWCA and NIVA.

 

EMPI IMP#1018

Body EMPI IMP #1018 ORIGINAL LIME GREEN METAL FLAKE
Frame 1962
Engine 40HP
Status ON THE ROAD AFTER A LONG NAP (15 YRS.)
Owner DAVE MICHELSEN
EARLVILLE,ILLINOIS
Front Tires/Wheels 67 DODGE CHARGER FRONT&REAR
Story BUILT WINTER OF 69-70 FOR TOTAL COST OF $1500

1970 EMPI Imp Registry

'70 EMPI Imps have a scoop nose with an EMPI logo on the license plate area that drops down from the front of the hood. The Serial Number Plaque will indicate its a 1970. There is a tach mounting area on the hood.

There may be a serial number plate mounted to the body on the vertical surface below the rear seats.

The rear seat area has molded in seats.

An EMPI logo is molded into the front of the body under the hood.

 

Serial #2026

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Body 1970 EMPI Imp #2026, green.
Status Sold the week of 6/2/2002.
Owner Unknown Owner
Previous Owner ajsyrup@aol.com

 

Serial #2058

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Body 1970 EMPI Imp #2058, Original Blue
Frame 1963 VW Beetle Frame, secured with elevator bolts
Engine 1600 VW with modifications
Status On the road.
Owner David Hazzard
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-2058.html
Location Pennsylvania

 

Serial #2066

Body 1970 EMPI Imp Gran Sport #2066, color: Cold Fire. The Artwork on the Engine Cover of the Deano Dinosaur was done by Richard McPeak. Richard was the Original Artist for the Deano Dynosoars Catalog and Deano Dinosaur itself. He was also the Pin Stripper for Empi for most of their Race Cars. The other signatures on the engine cover are from some Racers you might have heard of such as: Les Leston (Lightning Bug), Richard Gurino (Inch Pincher III) and Bruce Meyers (Meyers Manx).
Frame 1970 VW pan.
Engine Deano Dynosoar 1700 with Deano Cylinders, Valves, Valve Covers, Oil Pump, 40 DCN Carburetors and Linkage. Also the coveted Empi Pulley Guard.
Status Done and on the road.
Owner Paul Kenny
Location CA
Contact EMPIGuy@yahoo.com

 

1970 empi imp

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Body origanal gel coat metalic green
Frame 1957 pan
Engine 1835 mild
Status on the road and loving it
Owner dean jalbert
Front Tires/Wheels 15+3.5 weld wheels
Rear Tires/Wheels 15+10 weld wheels
Transaxle swing axle
Location plymouth ct
Contact dean_jalbert@adelphia.net
Story found in the basement of the origanal owers house

 

Serial #2084

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Body 1970 EMPI Imp Deluxe #2084, Original Goldish Silver Metal Flake.
Frame Need titled 1970 chassis to cut up any condition. Send me a PM.
Engine OG Empi'd out 1200cc on stand all show no go. Wife wants an autostick too....
Status Still in storage building until built. Sent to Berrien Buggy for chassis measurements. May go with a custom tube frame for it from them.
Owner John Shepard
Link www.dunebuggyarchives.com
Story NOS found it on Buggy Trader right before it was to be cut up to fit on Super Beetle hack job.
Previous Owner Some teenager in NJ wanted to use a Super Beetle to build it. I saved it just in time before the sawzall came out.

 

Serial #2022

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Body 1970 EMPI Imp #2022, Originally Metallic Purple, now Metallic Blue with hard top, side panels, rear panel and engine cover.
Update Flip flop purple with rainbow flakes and Von Dutch style pin stripes under clear coat.
Frame was 1963 VW now 1968 IRS pan
Engine 1400cc now 1776
Status Undergoing restoration.
Owner Tom Thompson of Tijuana Kustoms inc.
Front Tires/Wheels EMPI Sprint Stars
Rear Tires/Wheels Same but 8"
Location Long Island, NY
Contact 1-877-338-8746
www.tijuanakustoms.com
Previous Owner Robert Conner of Bishopville, MD

 

1970 Empi Imp #2071

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Owner Daryl Adams
Location South Florida (stored safely out of the weather)
Contact Daryl Adams
daryladams2010@yahoo.com
Story Built by Adams Speed Shop, Allentown Pennsylvania in 1970 and Family owned ever since.Very low miles, the condition speaks for itself. Everything on this Imp is 100% Original and no work has been done on it since. This Imp is more like a time machine into the 70s, everything that was installed on the imp in 1970 even the front plate and the stickers are in the same condition they were back then. This buggy was built to show/performance specs and then put into storage out of the weather and only taken out for shows. Featured in French Super VW Magazine and all original assembly instructions, parts catalog and dealer brochure still intact.
Previous Owner Family Owned since new

1970 EMPI Imp Unserialized Registry

Just like a 1970 EMPI Imp, but without the serial number plate.

 

Owner Unknown

Body 1970 EMPI Imp Super Sport, Gold & Rust with side pods and engine cover cc
Frame 1969 VW Pan
Engine 1600 Dual Port (defunct)
Status In pieces
Owner Owner Unknown
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-unk4.html
Previous Owner Ron Woodall, Oxford-on-Rideau, Ontario, Canada

 

Dave Grummett

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp, original orange, now metallic purple
Frame 1957 VW Pan
Engine Type IV 2000 VW, progressive two barrel Holley carburetor and hydraulic lifters
Status On the road and FOR SALE! (At the right price)
Owner Dave Grummett
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-unk7.html
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Contact dgrummet@Ice.Lakeheadu.ca

 

Non-Serialized - a Buddhist Monk or Flat Four

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Body 1970 EMPI Imp Super Sport Non-Serialized, Originally Gold Metal flake, now Orange Metal flake with side pods and engine cover
Frame Adjustable beam, chrome EMPI shocks, EMPI Sprint Stars w/EMPI lug bolts
Engine High output 1678cc with EMPI 88 mm pistons and barrels, EMPI valve covers, EMPI Ram Induction kit, EMPI engine dress-up kit, and EMPI Imp headers
Status It is presently in Japan. It was sold by Paul Kenny to a Buddhist monk to drive back and forth from temple to town. Flat Four, Paul's told, recently bought it back to put in their museum with all of their other EMPI cars.
Owner Non-Serialized - a Buddhist Monk or Flat Four
Story See the July 1998 edition of Dune Buggies and Hot VW's

 

Tom Slider

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp Non-Serialized proudly wearing the original yellow gel coat.
Frame 1966 Beetle floor pan. Lowered ball joint beam. Transaxle features a Super Diff, HD engine mounts, trans straps, and Gene Berg shifter.
Engine Currently running a mild 1192 cc 40 hp engine. It features a Bosch 019 distributor, TriMil header, K&N air cleaner, Bosch Blue Coil, remote oil cooler (in addition to stock one), remote oil filter, heavy duty oil pump, and Motorola 12V alternator. Also have a 2786 cc Type 4 in the works with electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition, and a lot of special work.
Status On the road and seeing duty as a daily driver.
Owner Tom Slider
Front Tires/Wheels Currently running stock smoothie wheels(4" wide) in front, with stock '65 and earlier Bug hubcaps. The tires are 165SR15s.
Rear Tires/Wheels Currently running stock smoothie wheels 7" wide smoothies for the rear, with stock '65 and earlier Bug hubcaps. The tires are 255/60R15s.
Link http://www.tunacan.net/imp/index.html
Contact imp@tunacan.net
Story http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-non2.html

 

Mark Akalewicz

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp, metal flake blue (same as original).
Frame 1957 VW Beetle with 1967 Beetle components, mounted with elevator bolts, stainless steel roll-bar from Bruce & Winnie Meyers. Options include the original EMPI hood tach, EMPI shifter, gas filler cap. It also has EMPI seat belts and a USA/EMPI license plate frame. It sits on a 57 frame.
Engine It has a 1600 dual port engine that's all chromed out
Status It is currently on the road (the picture I sent is the only time you'll see it on a trailer).
Owner Mark Akalewicz
Front Tires/Wheels Original poly-glass tires up front.
Link http://www.empiimp.com/registry/db-unk12.html
Location Toms River, New Jersey
Contact surfbug62@aol.com
Clubs Galloping Hill Cruisers Car Club
Previous Owner Josh, Delaware (RATSY13@aol.com)

 

Chris

Body EMPI Imp, originally yellow, now with some purple.
Frame VW Beetle frame and transaxle.
Status For sale. Call 573-659-9872 for details from Chris.
Owner Chris
Location Jefferson City, MS

 

Mike Nolte

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp, Green metal flake (original ) with a black rubber turtle shell patter, unfortunately it was rubbed off most of the main body before I got it 12-13 years ago, looking into getting the shell pattern restored. Both front mounted mirrors, lights, signals, hood tachometer (stolen), convertible top, custom bumpers, bracing for rear seats, no emblems (looking), EMPI trigger shifter, tilt steering, lowered front beam, etc.
Frame 1966 VW Beetle
Engine 2 1641's with some tricks like EMPI FOSR Chromoly 1:4 ratio rockers, Crane fireball cam with EMPI gear, Holly 2brl Bugspray carburetor, chrome mega dual exhaust, and more.
Status On road in summer but only when time permits.
Owner Mike Nolte
Location Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Contact mike.nolte@sympatico.ca
Clubs Niagara Volks Folks

 

Jamie Seymore

buggy
Body EMPI Imp 1970 metal flake pink/purple with side pods from Unique Supply (plan to have them glassed on).
Frame 1958 VW
Engine 1600 VW converted from a type 3.
Status About 75% done. Left to do: get the body painted and wire it. I found it in the paper for sale. It came with the engine, chassis and body, but all in awful condition.
Owner Jamie Seymore
Transaxle 1966 tranny.
Location Laurel, MD
Contact jseymore@erols.com Yahoo IM: studleyjay126
Clubs Yahoo Imp Club http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/empiimpbuggies

 

Eric Clayton

buggy
Body EMPI Imp 1970 originally orange, now white and gray metal flake.
Frame 1959 VW link pin/swing axle. It has 4 point cage, front/rear bumpers, 93 Honda Accord seats, built it from basket-case 1.5 years ago. Many, many hours of body work. Did all the work myself. Everything brake related replaced, all wheel bearings, tie rods, shocks, dampner, solid motor/tranny mounts, lights, wiring harness, all cables, windshield, new tranny, shift-tach, switches.
Engine 2180cc. C-95 Cam, 44 Magnum Plus heads, dual 44 Weber carbs, Full flow oil and filtered, chromed out.
Status Not a show buggy, but LOTS of fun.
Owner Eric Clayton
Location Middleburg, FL
Contact clay8080@bellsouth.net
Story Found it on Dunebuggy.com, and bought it with cash I had saved for an engagement ring for my wife. Had to finance the ring, and propose to her in it when I showed it to her, or I would have been in trouble.

 

Erik Life

buggy
Body EMPI Imp 1970 silver with side pods and engine cover.
Frame 1961 VW
Engine 2 Liter Berg.
Status Being assembled. Found it on the samba and it was nos, want to find a hartop.
Owner Erik Life
Location WA
Contact CxAxTxFxIxSxH@msn.com

 

Steve Gutierrez

Body EMPI Imp, original buggy seats, bullet signal light assy.
Engine Dual Weber IDAs, full engine blueprint, balanced, race ready, external oil cooler, and upgraded oil pump.
Owner Steve Gutierrez
Front Tires/Wheels Original EMPI Sprintstar crome rims, 6x15 front

 

Mike Goodson

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp, originally red, soon to be hugger orange base with a pearl clear coat.
Frame 1955 VW. The windshield has been chopped 4 inches and raked back to fit a manx style hardtop.
Engine A new 1835 engine, dual Webers, 044 heads and Engle 140 cam.
Status A friend's dad gave me the buggy which had been sitting in a kudzu patch since 1980. It was full of holes, and the pan was toast. The car should be on the road by Fall 2005.
Owner Mike Goodson
Location Rock Hill, SC
Contact rudedude102001@yahoo.com

 

Tracy McCullough

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp, originally metallic green, but has been repainted green.
Frame Unknown
Engine Engine mods include twin carbs, custom built exhaust by muffler masters, on a 1776.
Status He bought it from a friend of his, and has had it 4 years. The car has never be taken apart. Its on the road now.
Owner Tracy McCullough
Location SC
Contact dirtrdboy@aol.com
Clubs He plans on becoming a member of the MVWE, a local vw club.

 

Steven Van Schoor

buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp Grand Sportster, silver originally when found, but recently orange with white side pods.
Frame 1961
Engine 1641cc with dual 44 Solex's.
Status Stored till he moves to Florida but it's been driven around the block occasionally.
Owner Steven Van Schoor
Link http://www.vwman.net/
Location Belgium/Winter Haven, FL
Contact steven@vwman.net

 

7490

buggy buggy
Body 1970 EMPI Imp unserialzed
Frame 1971 VW Karmann Ghia full length pan
Engine 1967 1500 cc single port, all stock except for twin Bazooka exhaust
Status On the road this summer since our 2005 purchase, we put on 1,500 miles
Owner Eric Roell
Front Tires/Wheels 225/70 14 on GS Sport steel rims
Rear Tires/Wheels 255/60-15 on chrome steel spoke rims
Transaxle 4 speed with swing axle
Location Aurora, Ontario Canada
Contact eroell@awmiller.com
Story I had been searching for a VW Dune Buggy with a rear seat (I have three boys) in various conditions. I am capable of a full frame up restoration, but time is a premium so the best condition at the best price was the ultimate goal. After two years of casual looking (Auto Trader, internet etc.) I found this one. Located in a rural vacation area about three hours north of Toronto. The VW was purchased in 1973 and converted to the Dune Buggy (apparently the car had been rolled). The dune buggy was then sold to the brother in 1975 and was in the same family since. The buggy was used to go from cottage to beach and run around town. It has been garage stored and has very little rust, it even had original bias ply tires that were suitable for certification. The owner was getting on in age and none of the family members were interested in investing the time and money to get it road worthy again. I purchased the buggy in fall of 2005 and began mechanical work. I spent the next year and a half on brakes (hone cylinders, new shoes, bleed entire system), all four ball joints, exhaust, carburetion and entire rewiring of the electrical system. The process of certification, appraisal and insuring took a few months. In June 2007 we put the buggy on the road and have been having fun since. We plan to do some cosmetic work to body, interior, wheels etc. Looking for good ideas for the 70’s orange side panels
Previous Owner Joseph Huck

 

Speedybuggy Empi Imp

buggy
Body 1970
Frame 1966 Type 1
Status Streetable
Owner Matt Haugh
Link http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=356597
Location Manassas, Va
Contact Speedybuggy@hotmail.com
Previous Owner Jamie Seymore

German Imp Registry

Similar to an United States EMPI Imp, but it has lower front and rear fenders to meet strict German laws.

 

Serial #374 or #1211

buggy
Body 1968 or 1969 EMPI Imp #374 or #1211, Originally Green, Now Blue with modifications for German laws.
Frame 1958 VW Frame, disc brakes front and rear, gauges from porsche 914, Recaro seats, US Superbeetle lights, adjustable front end, stabilizer kerscher, stronger rear springs/shocks adjustable, rear wheel distance adapters.
Engine 1600 - 50 HP / buggy exhaust chrome / Front Oil cooler / Girdle to hold Gearbox (Blew up the Type 4 - 2.0 CU).
Status Not a daily driver, comes out only for show and shine
Owner Hermann Heigl
Front Tires/Wheels Pirelli/P7 185/70SR15 on 15" Lemerz Rims.
Rear Tires/Wheels BF goodrich 235/60HT15 on 15" Lemerz Rims.
Link EMPI Imp #374 or #1211
Transaxle 4 shortened gears with a girdle to hold it better, front oil cooler.
Location Munich, Germany
Contact hermann@automaten-heigl.de

Imp Look-a-likes Registry

Buggies that at first glance, would pass for an EMPI Imp, but at closer inspection have minor differences and no known manufacturer.

 

Gene A. Jestus

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Body EMPI Imp # Unknown, Originally metal flake green. Soon to be metal flake blue.
Frame VW 1961 Pan. Would like to add front adjusters this year to lighten up the pre-load. Rear air shocks and will be adding adjustable spring plates this year.
Engine Std VW 1600 with lots of chrome
Status Will be back on the road in refinished condition in the Spring.
Owner Gene A. Jestus
Front Tires/Wheels Mastercraft Avenger GT P265/50R15 on Centerline Drag Rims 15x6 (no adapters)
Rear Tires/Wheels Mastercraft Avenger GT P205/50R15 Centerline drag rims 15x8.5 (no adapters)
Location Big Lake, MN
Contact jestus@sherbtel.net

Unique Supply Imp Registry

Imps made by Unique Supply from the original '70 EMPI Imp molds.

 

Micah Huerta

buggy
Body New Imp now painted.
Status For sale: $1500 or trade for a pre 67 Bug in decent condition.
Owner Micah Huerta
Contact micah@kungfugeek.com