Beach cart from the Czech Republic: MTX Beach Buggy premiered 30 years ago

In the early 1990s, a variety of ideas for making vehicles for a variety of uses emerged. Even to the beach buggy, even though there is no sandy sea shore.

One of the remarkable works, which was created thanks to the design couple Václav and Jiří Králové, is the MTX Beach Buggy recreational vehicle. This time, Father Václav left a large part of his competencies to his son.

“We made this toy from the ground up, for the joy of moving under the southern sun. And also for off-road driving, on the beaches and in the sand dunes. In short, mainly for difficult conditions, off public roads. We also had a lot of experience with it. After all, we have been involved in the production of off – road racing cars for twenty years, “Václav Král wrote about this project years later.

As was often the case in the 1990s, the project was accompanied by difficulties. The original customer eventually “backed off”. Fortunately, another company was found, the Prague company Verold. She counted on small series production.

The development work lasted only half a year and in May 1992 it was the first prototype in the world. In a few weeks, it had its public premiere at the first year of the Autotec exhibition in Brno. At that time he presented himself as Verold Baghira. The first name was logical – it defined the ordering company. Baghira was then the traditional name for Václav Král’s vehicles designed for driving off asphalt.

The choice of power unit was not complicated. The creators of the car reached for the Škoda Favorit unit. However, through the transmission, the torque was transmitted not to the front wheels, as in the product of the Mladá Boleslav carmaker, but to the rear.

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But the chassis was completely original. Transverse arms with McPherson struts and coil springs with centrally located shock absorbers were attached to the three-dimensional tubular frame, in which the protective arch was also integrated. This created an independent suspension for all four wheels.

The vehicle received special brakes on the rear wheels, which were originally planned for the considered (and never realized version) GT model Favorit. At the front were standard disc brakes.

The laminate body did not include a side door. The roof was also missing. It provided a simple retractable canvas roof, or a removable solid laminate.

It was also a kit

The version for series production was more practical than the prototype. Behind the first row of seats, it was possible to place either a storage space for luggage or a bench for the emergency transport of two other people. There were effective additional lights on the upper part of the body. The main change, however, was the replacement of the unit as well as the change in the drive concept. In the end, the engine spun only the front wheels.

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The Beach Buggy, as the name of the production version ultimately sounded, measured only 3,515 millimeters in length, 1,650 in width and 1,375 inches in height. The wheelbase was 2300 millimeters and the curb weight was 780 kilograms. The car rode on wheels with fourteen-inch aluminum alloy rims.

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Instead of an engine from Škoda, units for the Ford Fiesta were eventually fitted to the buggy. The customer could choose from a basic engine of 1.1 to 1.8 liters. The power ranged from 37 to 96 kW. The maximum speed could then be up to 190 kilometers per hour. The creators of the car could also try this maximum on the northern loop of the Nürburgrig circuit, where part of the test drives took place. Although the ground clearance reached a considerable 210 millimeters, the car was said to have sufficiently fun and certain driving characteristics also on asphalt roads.

These changes also took place because Verold also eventually withdrew from the project. Metalex therefore took over the production under its own direction. The last produced specimens were already powered by a Hyundai engine. The dashboard also came from this carmaker. They can also be recognized when viewed from the outside. In this case, the original square large headlights are replaced by four small headlights with a circle shape.

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Production took place from the mid-1990s until the beginning of this millennium. Customers paid approximately 400-500 thousand crowns for the finished car. The kit was cheaper, when the owners assembled the individual parts in their own garage.

The exact number of pieces is unknown. However, annual production ranged from a few specimens to lower tens of buggies.