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This changed everything and explains how the Deserter buggy got it's
racing pedigree. You no longer had to settle for early VW power
(36-65hp) with the engine hanging out the rear with a terrible
front-rear weight balance.
You now could have a perfectly balanced mid-engined custom chassis
sports car designed specifically for the Deserter buggy bodies and
intended for Corvair six cylinder or even a Porsche four or six cylinder
power if your wallet allowed. A stock Corvair provided double the
power (110-180hp) over the base VW engine and provided race car
handling in a very light, 1,100 lb. package.
The partnership of a dune buggy marketer (Dearborn Automotive),
sharing ideas and shop space with the top race car supplier in the US
(Autodynamics) led to this totally unique buggy. The excellent design
and fabrication skills available from the Autodynamics race car crew
provided creativity and engineering far beyond a typical repair shop.
In hindsight, they provided some truly remarkable race cars as well as
some high quality dune buggy bodies. Many individuals from the
Autodyynamics crew left much bigger marks in the automotive world
following the stints at Autodynamics and DAC.
The Deserter GS was essentially a Formula Vee chassis modified to fit
the Deserter Dune Buggy body intended for the Autocross as well as
other forms of racing. The combination of a balanced, light, stiff
chassis with the fiberglass body proved to be very competitive on the
Autocross circuits across America, SCCA track events and even the
Pikes Peak hill climb events.
Drivers like Alex Dearborn himself, Bill Goodale, Reeves Callaway,
Chuck Ribblett and Ted Trevor all were successful and had great fun
in their day in these cars.
Originally the GS chassis was fitted to the Deserter Series 1 Manx style
body, but demand quickly led production to fitting the exciting new
Deserter GT body to this chassis. The majority of GS cars, estimated
at 138 * in total, wore the GT body kits.
The adds on this page give you views of both variants of the Deserter
GS mid-engined buggy. Both used the same GS chassis kit, fitted with
either (S-1 or GT) dune buggy bodies.
The unique GS Kit included: custom tubular chassis, fiberglass floor
pan, fiberglass toe box and fiberglass engine cover. Mechanical were
optional and determined by the size of the owners wallet.
* Production numbers as quoted in "the dynamics of autodynamics"
article by David Kaplan in Dec72 SCCA Sports Car magazine.
The Deserter Owners Group
(the dune buggy goes racing)
|Series One GS Cars
Click on the Images Below for Larger Photos of the
GS Chassis Car Survivors. Of the documented 138
kits made by Autodynamics, 36 have been located and
documented by the Deserter Owners Group.
Please Note: No private owner information is provided
here by this site, just a compilation of some general
notes on the GS cars themselves and significance.