Buggy (automobile)

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Volkswagen Country Buggy.jpg
Volkswagen Country Buggy, a militar buggy
Body and chassis
Body styleLightweight
RelatedHorse and buggy

Buggy is generally used to refer to any lightweight automobile with off road capabilities and sparse bodywork. Most are built either as a kit car or from scratch.


Originally used to describe very lightweight horse-drawn vehicles for one or two persons,[1] the term was extended to lightweight automobiles as they became popular.[2][3] As automobiles became increasingly sophisticated, the term briefly dropped out of use before being revived to describe more specialised off road vehicles.[4][5][6]


The U.S. Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle from Apollo 15 on the Moon in 1971

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  1. ^ Felton, William (1794–1795). "A treatise on carriages". London: printed for and sold by the author; by J. Debrett; R. Fadlder [sic]; J. Egerton; J. White; W. Richardson; and A. Jameson. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Advantages of the automobile buggy". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines. July 1909. p. 72. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  3. ^ "untitled". Logansport (Indiana) Daily Reporter. 4 December 1901. p. 3. He is catapulted through space by the explosion of a ‘gasoline buggy’.
  4. ^ "Amphibian 'Marsh buggy' used to hunt oil". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines. April 1937. p. 529. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Jungle Buggy packs a load". Popular Science. May 1948. p. 122. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  6. ^ Hunn, Max (October 1954). "Swamp-buggy Steeplechase". Popular Mechanics. p. 137. Retrieved 14 August 2013.