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Sand Chariots Registry

Sand Chariots was based in Fullerton, CA. They originally built rail frames and later moved into the fiberglass bodies.

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Ocelot Registry

The original used a big very heavy 6V bucket.

 

Oscelot in Florida

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Body Oscelot of unknown pedigree. I was told it was originally built in 1968.
Frame 1958 VW beetle
Engine 1967 1500cc VW
Status restoration in progress
Owner Nick Ramirez
Transaxle 1962 bus transaxle
Location Florida
Contact nick_ramirez@juno.com
Story I bought it from someone in Connecticut who had it sitting in a barn for over 20 years. Cleaned the carb and put in a new battery and she fired right up. I am beginning the restoration process, putting in new floor pans, gas tank, brakes, seats, etc. etc...
Clubs None

Ocelot II Registry

The II is like an Ocelot with 12V smaller headlight buckets molded into the fenders.

 

1968 Ocelot

Body Red Metal Flake - black aftermarket bucket seats - red loop carpet - 64 Corvette gas door- VW Beetle gauges - in dash 8-track player
Frame 1957 VW Beetle shortened
Engine 1964 Corvair 164CI - 2 single barrel carbs
Status Built in 1968-1969 and still with the original owner/builder - engine is currently out to refresh and repair a crack that developed in the trans axle housing - pics to follow soon......
Owner Steve Pastir - Original owner and builder - purchased body in 1968 at the Seymour, CT Sand Chariots dealer as a blem body due to a run in the metal flake in the body where the headlamp buckets got cut out
Transaxle 57 VW transaxle with Corvair engine mounted through a Crown Adapter
Location CT
Contact Spastir81@gmail.com

Ocelot S/S Registry

The design for the Ocelot S/S may have been stolen from the BushWacker S/S - the noses look very similar.

 

Ocelot S/S

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Body Ocelot S/S
Frame VW
Engine Air Cooled VW
Status 99% Finished
Owner Russ McKeon
Front Tires/Wheels Crager SS
Rear Tires/Wheels Crager SS
Link fyyfruss61@yahoo.com
Transaxle IRS
Location Lakewood, CA.
Contact (562)234-5092
Story I bought this car through an auction about a month ago.
Clubs N/A
Previous Owner Some Bozo in Colorado

 

Ocelot S/S

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Body Ocelot S/S
Frame VW
Engine Air Cooled VW
Status 99% Finished
Owner Russ McKeon
Front Tires/Wheels Crager SS
Rear Tires/Wheels Crager SS
Link fyyfruss61@yahoo.com
Transaxle IRS
Location Lakewood, CA.
Contact (562)234-5092
Story I bought this car through an auction about a month ago.
Clubs N/A
Previous Owner Some Bozo in Colorado

Vaquero Registry

The Vaquero seems very rare - John has only seen 3 bodies.

 

Sand Chariots Vaquero

Body Sand Chariots Vaquero. The are very hard to find complete with the frame under them.
They were a built at the same time Meyers designed the Tow'd. The body was made to hold an aluminum fuel tank glassed into the body.
Frame Sand Chariots designed the single hoop tube to support cast standoffs for the transaxle and mounts for the roll bar and bumpers ect..
Location rockport,Tx
Contact albeey1@yahoo.com
Story I bought this buggy from a couple in Corpus Christi,Tx over a year ago. Since owning it I repainted it . while repainting I used bedliner on the whole undercarrige and for my floorboards. Its made for short people. I am about 5'7" and fit nicely in it. My dad is over 6 foot and has to wedge himself in it. Its a sight to see lol. Any help finding out the make and model would be appreciated. I have not found another one like it yet......
Thanks......AL

 

Original Vaquero

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Body Original Vaquero Body gold metal flake was original color
Frame Sand Chariots original frame
Engine 1600 DP
Status Enjoying it everyday
Owner Don Holt Phoenix AZ

 

Sand Chariots "Vaquero"

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Body Painted yellow Tweety Bird theme.
Frame Tube style seems original.
Has mesh screen protector under whole body Will provide photos soon.
Also has bash plate covering the motor and Transaxle
Engine VW motor from 1973 Super Beatle.
Haven't looked into what size motor it is yet.
Status For Sale if you can afford it.
Only seems to be about three in existence. That are complete and running.
Owner Matt Davis
Location Central Arkansas
Story I got it off a lady that owned it for a short while due to the loss of her husbsnd.
She could not tell me anything about it except that it was rare.