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Don Haskin's original 1967 Thunderbug
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Don Haskin's original 1967 Thunderbug
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Don Haskin's original 1967 Thunderbug Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:21 pm     Views: 219      Rating: 10

Designer Don Haskin with his 1967 show car the "Thunderbug" with his custom fiberglass fenders, hood scoops and spoiler. Copycats include Bill Mitchell's 1970 VW Gasser using the original's name and front hood scoops, Clay Diekmann and Tony Vierra of Bugformance called their 1968 Manx-clone dune buggy "Thunder Bug" and Mattel/Monogram's "Thunder Bug" model by Tom Daniel with the signature look of the original: rear hood scoops/flared fenders going into a spoiler/single stinger exhaust and square "Nerf Bars". Don Haskin Later designed the Bushwhacker Dune Buggy and after being copied by Marion Ruggles to create his "clone" the Ocelot - He stopped selling bodies and built over 700 driving Bushwhackers for rentals in Hawaii and other resort areas becoming the 7th largest carmaker in the US in 1968.

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