So now I need to choose a short wheel base body to fit the overall style I want.
There are many buggy manufacturers in the UK and most have a short wheel base version.
Different bodies have different positive and negative points and different people will have a favourite.
Here is a selection of ones I considered (please forgive me if I miss any out)
http://www.manxbuggies.co.uk for the sidewinder
http://www.buzzbugs.com/ for the predator
http://www.eastcoastbuggies.co.uk for the manx, prowler and bounty hunter
http://www.dunebuggy.co.uk/ for the surf buggy and GT SWB
http://www.beachbuggies.co.uk/ for the jas buggy
http://www.kkvw.co.uk/ for the GT, kango and kombat
http://www.beach-buggy.net/ for the manta ray, renegade and kyote
http://www.doon.co.uk for the doon
After weighing up the pros and cons (and price!) of all of the above, I settled for a sidewinder. This is the new body by Mel Hubbard and just so happens to be the closest manufacturer to me!