1968 Meyers Manx

Dune Buggy
Gooding & Company goes online for Scottsdale 2021
Monday, 18 January - Friday, 22 January 2021
Sale Price
$40,000 - $60,000
Est. Range
22 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 2499630. Dark green over black vinyl. Weiand valve covers, dual Weber carbs, steel wheels with Porsche hub caps, Dunlop tires, Dietz headlights, roll bar with mounted lights, VDO gauges, Secura woodrim steering wheel with Porsche crest, wood shift knob with Porsche crest, compass, fire bottle, cassette stereo. Also comes with period shovel, tool kit, tow rope, steel tow bar, and spares. Titled as a 1959 Volkswagen.

Evaluation: Bought new directly from Bruce Meyers in 1968, and represented as one of the first 150 Manx bodies produced. The owner photo-documented his original build and it remains in unrestored original condition with period accessories. It looks phenomenal for a 53-year-old dune buggy. The underbody only shows mild use. The engine bay has been cleaned up and maintained with newer hoses, wires, and a newer exhaust. Excellent original interior. Still wears its original gel coat paint. Ready for an adventure.

Bottom Line: But also so well preserved and (at this price) so expensive that it will probably never go on one. Beetle-based dune buggies (of which the Meyers Manx is the first and best-known) were popular because they were a cheap and simple way to have lots of fun, both on and off the road. For this one to be still so clean after over half a century and with so many original accessories is incredible, and it has to be one of the best preserved dune buggies of any kind out there. The high bid for it sat at $41,000 at the 2-minute mark, then got extended in 2 to 5 grand increments all the way up until the $92,000 winner. A few exceptional examples have sold for over 60 grand at auction before, and Mecum sold a restored one in Kissimmee a week before this for $40,700, so a good genuine Manx is no longer cheap thrills. But, including buyer’s premium this is the first Manx to break six figures at auction aside from the one used in The Thomas Crown affair. That Manx brought $456,000 last year, but most of that was down to Steve McQueen’s time in the seat.

by Andrew Newton
3 February 2021
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  • Randy Carlson says:

    Thanks for the feature of this one. It was a very surprising end to the sale. Right place, right time and the right car.
    I will miss it in my garage, but I’m sure I’ll find something to put in its place. 🙂

    Oh…and the exhaust was original…

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