Lot 251 - 1970 Volkswagen Beach Buggy
|Odometer reading||7,981 miles|
|Result||Sold - £47,040|
- One of the best examples we have seen
- In excellent driving condition
- Superb colour and specification
Starting with the Meyers Manx in the early Sixties the dune buggy craze took off in America. 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 5th August 1970 this excellent example looks superb in ocean blue coachwork over a wonderful black interior. The beach buggy drives very well indeed and sounds fantastic when on song. Sitting proudly on chrome wheels shod with good tyres all round the beach buggy is also fitted with the very powerful 1584cc engine, this example is a real one off and looks fantastic! The chromework shines bright and the paintwork and interior both present exceptionally well. Currently part of a significant private collection, with in house technicians it is exercised occasionally and maintained where necessary. Offered with a sizeable history file including various old MoT test certificates, its current UK registration document, various sundry bills, a current MoT valid until October 2022, and as new all-weather covers. Driven to the sale from the heart of Kent this is arguably the best beach buggy we have ever seen and the best in the UK, and we are sure it will be a sound purchase for the new custodian.