Portola Hotel & Spa
18 - 19 August 2017
Lot 271

1970 Meyers Manx


$64,350 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • Over $70,000 spent on the restoration
  • One of the finest Manxes available
  • Dune or show field ready!

An American icon, the Manx embodies the go-anywhere, do-anything spirit of its creator, Bruce F. Meyers. Based on European underpinnings, the modified Volkswagen Beatle drivetrain and frame, shortened by 14.5 inches, offer a steady, reliable base for lightweight fiberglass bodywork. The combination of purpose-built off-road ability and lightweight construction allowed the Manx to dominate the overland racing scene of the 1960s, beating out trucks, motorcycles, and cars at the inaugural Baja 1000.

The Manx on offer is a stunning 1970 model in exceptional condition, thanks to a remarkable restoration, totaling well over $60,000. Mounted aft of the rear axle sits an oversized 1,915 cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder, recently built by air-cooled VW specialists FAT Performance of Southern California. Installed modifications include a mild Engle 100 cam, Sachs performance clutch, two dual-barrel 40IDF carburetors, and a custom muffler mounted to the original sidewinder exhaust to make the buggy truly growl.

The spectacular metallic orange finish stays true to the brightly colored Manxes of the period. Manx bumpers, custom mirrors, and custom-fitted front and rear seats complete the aesthetic. Additionally, specially fabricated Volkswagen wheels, 14 inches up front and 15 inches in the rear, round off the classic look of this buggy. A three-spoke EMPI steering wheel and original Gene Berg short-shifter, linked to a new four-speed rancho transmission, make driving enjoyable, spirited, and direct. The EMPI skid plate, sand seal-protected flywheel, and seatbelts for all passengers mean that this buggy is ready to play in the dunes, while the wiring for lights makes the Manx compliant for road use as well.

At the pinnacle of recreational vehicles sits the Manx, a cultural icon. Few are finer than that offered here.