The VW Beetle and its derivatives, despite their questionable Nazi heritage, played a vital role in the countercultural movement of the 1960s and very few other cars can encapsulate the sweeping changes in society seen then than the beach buggy version of the Beetle – the Meyer Manxter.
Developed by Bruce Meyer in 1964, the Meyer Manxter 2+2 used the floor pan and powertrain from a Beetle under an in-house developed fiberglass body. Meyer’s expertise in this field made for a vehicle quite a bit more advanced than any other buggies seen before this. Further adding to the Manxter’s appeal was its simplicity, agility and highly adjustable nature. About 7000 were made between 1964 and 1971 but the simplicity of the design meant that the market was filled with imitators, eventually hurting Meyer’s business.
Consequently, this original Meyer Manxter 2+2 is up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale is very desirable. Further adding value to this specimen is the 2+2 layout, olive green paint from an FJ40 Land Cruiser, leather interior and a fiberglass hard top. All of this combines to provide a unique contraption for anyone looking to relive the glory days of the 60s.
Photos Courtesy: Robin Adams for RM Sotheby’s.