Lot 169 - 1973 Volkswagen GT ‘Meyers Manx’ Beach Buggy

Lot 169 - 1973 Volkswagen GT ‘Meyers Manx’ Beach Buggy

Lot 169 - 1973 Volkswagen GT ‘Meyers Manx’ Beach Buggy

Lot Number 169
Registration EFA 31L
Chassis Number 1132347235
Engine Number AD707468
Odometer reading 1,920 miles
Estimate £14,000 - £18,000
Result Sold - £14,280
  • Fitted with the very rare and desirable 1600 GT engine
  • Recently retrimmed
  • Fitted with extremely rare and genuine 1972 Porsche Fuchs alloy wheels

Starting with the Meyers Manx in the early Sixties the dune buggy craze took off in America. Bruce Meyers' original concept was simple: take a Volkswagen Beetle, throw away the body leaving the floor pan which contained virtually all the components needed to make it run and drive, shorten the wheelbase and install a simple, one-piece fiberglass two-seat body. Meyers named it Manx for its stubby tail with the engine exposed, like the breed of cat. Even the buggy's stance, low at the front and high at the rear, emulated its feline namesake. Bruce F. Meyers, a Californian engineer, artist, boat builder and surfer, produced the Manx at his Fountain Valley, SoCal-based facilities from 1964 through 1971. Used up VW Beetles were abundant in California and the surf culture was at its peak in the Sixties. The dune buggy epitomized the California lifestyle, and as the concept was so simple and so inviting, it spread quickly. The Meyers Manx appeared in several movies, including Elvis Presley films, and the 1968 The Thomas Crown Affair, which contains a lengthy beach driving scene in which Steve McQueen drives a Manx with Faye Dunaway at his side.

Registered on 2nd February 1973 this wonderful example looks superb in orange coachwork over a recently retrimmed black interior. Reported to run and drive very well the Manx looks outstanding and sits proudly on a set of original 1972 Porsche Fuchs wheels, as used on the Carrera race cars in period and which are worth circa £6,000 alone! Also fitted with the very rare and powerful VW 1600 GT engine of which very few units were built, this example is a real one off and looks fantastic! The chromework is bright and the paintwork and interior both present very well. Offered with various old MoT test certificates, its current UK registration document, and a current MoT valid until September 2022. Used very sparingly the long-standing owner has only recorded some 1,900 miles in the last 18 years! Recently serviced the Beach buggy sounds glorious when on song. We are sure this powerful and pretty ‘Meyers Manx’ beach buggy will be a sound purchase and huge amounts of fun in the coming summer months.

Interested parties should note that this vehicle is not a Meyers Manx example. It is in fact a Volkswagen Beach Buggy by GP1.

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