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Vernimmen Francois
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VF: The Walloon Beach buggy with Skoda mechanic.


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In the early seventies many artisan European car constructors went into the production of these small open cars with a light fiberglass body, based on a new or reconditioned, sometimes reinforced or shortened chassis of the eternal Volkswagen Beetle.

But not everyone did it this way. VF did not want to build its buggy on basis of a reused chassis which already might have been exposed to deicing salts and on which consequently no complete guarantee could be given. For this reason VF manufactured its buggy's own reinforced chassis in its own workshops.

Francois Vernimmen from Namen, the driving force behind VF did not only produce his own reinforced chassis, but in contrast to the most of the other Buggies from that time, which were only deliverable as a kit, he only delivered ready to drive vehicles.

The silhouette of the VF's comes very close to that of the well-known Apal buggy, but the difference in mechanic is striking and surprising.

VF used the mechanic of the famous Czech manufacturer Skoda for its buggies.

Vernimmen's choice for Skoda had been mainly motivated by the aim of keeping the price tag low. Skoda components were significantly cheaper then the pieces of its Western competitors.

The VF catalogue from that time thus clearly mentioned the Belgian-Czechoslovakian cooperation.

-- VF released several versions of its buggy:
The VF 1 Luxury, the VF 4 Grand Luxury and the VF 5 Super were all powered by the small but brave Skoda 988cc engine which developed 42 DIN HP. The VF 6 had a 1107cc engine with 48 DIN HP and finally there was also the VF 7, provided with the same 1107cc engine, which, this time provided with one double carburetor, delivered 52 DIN HP.

(source: Low Budget Club)


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