Don’t discount the Meyers Manx as a silly novelty. These sand slingers have shown at the Petersen, crossed the RM Sotheby’s auction block, and posted big wins at Baja and Pikes Peak. And while that RM Sotheby’s example sold for nearly $65,000, Bring a Trailer has lately been trading Manxes in the teens.

And the Manx isn’t just any dune buggy. It’s the original. Bruce Meyers, a SoCal native, saw his friends’ beach buggies for what they were: crude machines that drove poorly and looked worse. So Meyers set out to build a better mousetrap.

After two years of R&D, his first Manxes hit the sand in 1966. Power came from air-cooled VW engines, while their monocoque bodies used Beetle front and rear suspensions. As requests for more cars came in, though, Meyers realized that he’d need to simplify construction. After building his first 12 buggies, he adapted his design to fit on a shortened VW floor pan.

The Manx was an immediate hit, but rocky roads lay ahead. Inexpensive copies quickly flooded the market, and Meyers’s partners forced him from the company in 1971. The firm went bankrupt later that year after building about 5280 Manxestotal.

But wait, that wasn’t the last of Bruce Meyers. Now doing business as MeyersManx Inc., he’s back offering chassis, parts and bodies, including new copies of his Manx II, the slightly less expensive version introduced in 1968. Also quite important: His firm offers a registry and will verify if a Manx is legit or not.

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5/3/19 6:37 p.m.

There is no better Dune Buggy out there than an original Meyers Manx. There used to be an actual Manx dealer in Cleveland, OH (of all places)! near where I grew up. I was a teenager back then and scored a ride in a blue metalflake Manx powered by a Corvair Monza engine. Unforgettable. They also had a Meyers SR on a display stand out front. I still think the SR is sharp. Both the Manx, SR and Tow’d were kit cars with totally original stying that broke new ground. Bruce Meyers is a truly talented artist. All the copycats that followed were dumbed-down, awkward looking Manx wannabes with the possible runner-up being Dean Jeffries, Kyote that had a rather boat-like front-end. The Manx is timeless and the SR had scissor doors and upswept rear wheel arches like a Countach years before the Countach flowed from Marcello Gandini’s pen.

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