The Meyers Manx dune buggy was designed by Californian engineer, artist and surfer Bruce Meyers and built by his company between 1964 and 1971.
The car featured a fiberglass bodyshell coupled with Volkswagen Beetle frame and engine. It is a tiny car, with a wheelbase 14 1/4 inches shorter than a Beetle for lightness and better manouverability so the VW's frame has to be cut short and welded. For this reason, the car is capable of very quick acceleration and good off-road performance.
Manx type cars appear in several movies with stars such as Elvis Presley. One of the more memorable appearances is in original version of the The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Steve McQueen. In the movie there is a lengthy beach driving scene where a heavily modified Meyers Manx equipped with a Chevrolet Corvair engine is launched over several dunes.
Approximately 5,000 of the original Meyers Manx dune buggies were produced, but when the design became popular many look-alikes (estimated at a quarter of a million worldwide) were made by other companies. Meyers tried to stop the copies, by suing under the patent process but failed due to the patent not being upheld by the court. Since then countless buggies have been produced and are still being made today. Many people recognize this body-type simply known as the "Dune Buggy" or "Beach Buggy".
Since 2002 a re-born Meyers Manx company have introduced new models, the Manxter 2+2 and Manxter Dual Sport being two. These new models are true to the original design but are sized for a full-length Beetle floor pan. Custom versions for higher power engines and other variations are also available. Presently, the design of new models takes place in Valley Center, California.