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1966 Berry Mini T Dune Buggy - $10,500 (Twentynine Palms)

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condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 40650
paint color: yellow
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: other
RARE time capsule from the 1960's ready to cruise PCH to Cars and Coffee.

This Berry Mini T was built by the Berry Mini T LLC company in Long Beach Calif. as a factory demo car, it is not a home constructed kit.

When it was built by the Berry company they installed all the options: top, wind wings which are the side windows that are great to attach when driving in cooler weather. (I have never seen another one with the side windows.) It has the original pinstripe on the windshield, original bumpers, original luggage rack, original Cragar wheels and adapters.

Since we have owned it we have put 800 miles on it.

It was registered in 1968 then used as a demonstrator until 1970.

During the early 1970's for seven yrs. it was used as an attention getter at a Ford car dealership on Sepulveda at Roscoe in Van Nuys Calif.

This is where it had the Ford script and motor meter installed.

The black and yellow original plate is still mounted on it, for the car shows under the current plate with a quick release.

It was sold and registered in June of 1977 and was only used for that summer. It was then put into storage where it sat for the next 46 years until being rolled out into the daylight in Sept of 2023.

The 1966 VW type 1 pan has been shortened to an 80in wheelbase, it has stock linkpin front suspension and swing axle rear suspension.

The drivetrain is a stock VW 1300cc flat four engine. It retains the original 6 volt electrical system along with a 30 Pict Carb and Vacuum advance distributor.

The classic zoomer dune buggy exhaust is not a stock part.

The 1300cc VW engine is known for its durability and long engine life, regularly lasting well over 100k miles with regular maintenance.

The cylinder walls on the 1300cc are the thickest ever made by VW with a thickness of 8.4 mm.

For 1966 VW engineers made modifications to increase the power.
1300cc Specs
1285 cc 50.00 SAE @ 4600 RPM 69 Ft-Lbs @ 2600 RPM Bore 77 mm. Stroke 69 mm. Comp 7.3:1 Single Solex 30 Pict.

The engine makes more power than the Porsche 356 1300cc
Type 506/2, 44 bhp at 4200rpm 60 lb-ft at 3800 rpm 6.5:1 compression, two Solex 32 PBI carburetors. 1647 lbs
1954 356 weighed 1647lbs

With a weight of about 1200 lbs (400lbs less that the 356) the 50hp 1300cc flat four engine is peppy, it will cruise at 65 mph no problem.

When it was pulled out of 46 years of slumber sitting covered up in a garage in the California foothills of the Sierras she was given a complete service to make her ready for fun times.

A new battery has been installed, brakes have been redone, new tires, nos voltage regulator. A new F&S clutch kit has been installed, as the input shaft was dragging on the input shaft flywheel bearing due to the grease drying out.

We lubed the clutch and throttle tubes and the starter bushing, changed the trans lube, engine oil, cleaned carb, adjusted the valves and set the timing.

She is ready to hit the road. We have driven it over 800 miles since it has come out of storage.

We did several 120 plus mile drives. She is road ready for summer fun cruising.

It has current Arizona registration and the title states 1966 VW so no problems insuring it.

WARNING The Berry Mini T gets plenty of attention, every time you stop and get out someone will be asking questions and want to take a photo.

While driving we get the thumbs up and lots of big smiles! This buggy gets more attention than any other car on the road.
This car is a blast to drive, you just smile the whole time because it is just so much fun.

One question I am always asked is? "How long did it take to restore it?"
I answer that, "I didn't restore it," 'it was found in this condition in storage" and then I get a look of wonderment.
They can't believe it had sat for that long and is in such good condition.

The top was painted with tire black in the early 70's and it is peeling off. The top fabric material underneath is in excellent condition.
I did not try to remove the tire black it as it is self removing.

She has some very minor surface rust on the floor pans, I did not paint it as I wanted to keep it as found for the next owner.

Driver Side front fender has some very fine crazing on it. Please see the photos.

I am 6'2" and 295 lbs and I fit in it along with the wife she likes the side curtains for keeping the wind of o. You will never se another Berry Mini T with the side curtain option.

There is plenty of passenger side leg room to stretch your legs out in.

We are parting with it as we have another project in the works.

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