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EMPI IMP Buggy... The Car for all seasons!
Page 1 : A car for all seasons.
Page 2 : Period writings. (soon)
Page 3 : Pictures and IMP today. (soon)
"Meet the new fun car of the seventies - the EMPI IMP. Sure, our new IMP will perform all the usual off-the-road tricks expected of any buggy worth its salt. But EMPI has goes considerably farther with the development of this fun car. The IMP's longer wheelbase provides superior road handling and seats four with ease. Sweeping fender lines add sports-car styling and permit easy entry. The IMP also sports wide rear fenders that will accomodate those super whide tires.
We call it "The Car for all seasons" because it's not only a dune buggy, but the multi purpose fun car. Partically utility, fun - all wrapped up in a beautiful fiberglass body, so versatile that you can use it as a dune buggy, city car, fun car, off-roadster, commuter car, sports car or street rod.
All this, coupled with the use of the famous EMPI performance parts and accessories, make the EMPI IMP the soundest choice for driving pleasure both on and off the road, and with six IMP kits available, there's bound to be one just right for you!"
This is how the IMP was introduced in the 1971 EMPI catalog edition...
Above picture shows the introduction of the IMP to the european market at the Fall
1969 International Automobile Show in Frankfurt.
IMP was available from EMPI in different finishes...
Basic kit included the followings items : Main body section, hood dash assembly, IMP nose and tail emblems, EMPI USA license frame/pair, IMP instruction manual, EMPI side panel logos. And that all...
Upgrated kit were also available : Deluxe kit, Super Deluxe kit, Sport Kit, Super Sport kit and Gran Sport kit...
I don't want bother you in detailing all kits details, let's just say the Gran Sport was the ultimate one, with all EMPI gauges, side panels, engine cover...
Picture on left is a thumbnail...
Picture below shows the complete kit. Everything else you need is part of the VW you use as the basis.
This is how the final product looked like once completed... A very very desirable toy in fact...
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