Amelia Island | Lot 294
1963 Meyers Manx
$68,750 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
11 March 2017
- An original commercially manufactured Series 1 Manx
- Recipient of thorough restoration in 2013
- The original dune buggy!
1,776 cc Volkswagen horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with a Weber progressive 32/36 carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, front link pin pivot torsion arm independent suspension, rear swing axle suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 80 in.
Available here is one of approximately 6,000 commercially manufactured Manxes built between 1964 and 1971. This buggy was assembled on a 1963 Beetle chassis by Haddock, the highly regarded Santa Ana-based fabricator, whose nameplate remains affixed to the rear deck. Fitted is the original Volkswagen engine with a period-correct increase in displacement to 1,776 cubic centimeters from 1,600 cubic centimeters. A Weber progressive 32/36 carburetor offers a further increase in power and reliability over the original Solex, while the original Manx Sidewinder exhaust with custom muffler minimizes noise and produces a pleasant, deeper growl. A custom fitted sand seal around the flywheel completes the powertrain modifications and makes this Manx ready for the beach driving it was born to do.
On the exterior, the durable fiberglass body is infused with a gel coat of the original metallic purple paint. The original front and rear Myers Manx bumpers are installed and an EMPI skid plate is fitted to the rear to protect the engine during off-road excursions. Custom fabricated and period-correct Volkswagen wheels, 14 inches up front and 15 in the rear, fit perfectly within the fenders. High back seats were custom fabricated with waterproof black canvas, and the dash controlled heaters offer additional levels of usability and comfort not originally available before. Visibility is vastly increased thanks to custom rear and side view mirrors that attach to the windshield frame via custom clips. All-important three-point Securon seat belts have been installed with steel reinforcements to ensure that the occupants remain safely inside while traversing over sand dunes. Lastly, the Manx was the subject of an intensive, $44,000 restoration in 2013 that touched up every inch of the car, from the tires to the engine.
The combination of open-top motoring and off-road capability make the Myers Manx the perfect buy for anyone looking to have a bit of fun for years to come.