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VEEP, VEEPSTERS and the SCAMP

• CATEGORIES: Features, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: A builder’s manual for the VEEPSTER has now been posted.

I’ve known about the VEEP Jeep Kit, from Hadley Engineering out of Costa Mesa, California, but I recently learned about two additional VW kit jeeps: The Veepster and the SCAMP. However, I’m still not clear what differentiates a VEEP from a SCAMP or a VEEPSTER.

The SCAMP VW KIT was built and sold out of Redding, California, in the early 70s. I found this ad at the TheSamba.com website

scamp-veep-ad-thesamba

Here’s a beautiful 1973 SCAMP (lots of pictures), but I couldn’t say if this is entire stock or not:

1973-scamp5

The VEEPSTER VW kit car was sold by VEEPSTER, LLC, out of Mesa, Arizona, according to Kit Car Guide. Curiously, a Czech Republic site and thesamba.com site show that a VEEPSTER VW Kit was sold by Sun Valley Autotech out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Here’s a builder’s and assembly manual for the VEEPSTER  by the Sun Valley Autotech company.

The following two pics from this site reportedly show a VEEPSTER.

veepster-front Veepsterrear

E-VEEPSTER: Meanwhile, there is a kit car seller out of Sedona that claimed in 2011 or 2012 to make an E-VEEPSTER. The company appears to have gone out of business. The body of the E-VEEPSTER looks more like a South African Gobex or Badger (especially the windshield) than a VEEP, SCAMP or VEEPSTER.

Here’s an ad from July 10, 2012 that was part of a sustainable business article from the Portland Business Journal:

eVeepster_ad_web

You can see a very quick clip of a Veepster on Youtube:

According to Youtube, Venus Motors, Electric Car Options and Go Electric came together to build the e-Veepster. A CJ3A Jeep fiberglass replica with a chassis designed with aftermarket VW suspension and the Venus EV Drive System. Kits are available, assembly is available, who says EV’s aren’t available. Many styles to choose from but in Sedona, AZ this is Red Rock 1

OTHER KNOWN VW JEEP KITS:

The British Jago Geep
The South African Gobex
The South African Badger

 

6 Comments on “VEEP, VEEPSTERS and the SCAMP

  1. jwkeagle

    Not sure on the model-steel flatfender body w/soft top. sold as is had just bought a house & no time to play with it. wish I could find out where it went!

  2. David Eilers

    I’ve spent 12 years looking for my old jeep and still haven’t seen it. They can be hard to track!

  3. Bob

    I bought the Veepster co. from sun valley MANY years ago. We had 53 bodies made and sent them out all over the country. I got divorced and ended up selling the Veepster co. off (for next to nothing… it never really made $$$) Anyway, I too have looked all over of any of them. I sold 3 of them to a guy named Monte Nichols is Gold Canyon AZ. I would LOVE to get my hands on one again. If anyone know where I can find one. Please call me.
    Thanks BOB 480 734-1399

  4. David Eilers

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the information. Since you’ve produced the bodies, if there are any clues to spotting the VEEPSTER bodies that make them standout (to make it easier to spot them), that would be helpful. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between the the VEEP and Veepsters.

    Thanks,

    – Dave
    eWillys.com
    (d@deilers.com)

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