Sotheby’s offers 1968 Meyers Manx via online auction

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1968 Meyers Manx is up for bidding in Online Only auction | Sotheby's photos

Next up at Sotheby’s and RM Sotheby’s Online Only collector car auction series is a 1968 Meyers Manx dune buggy. Bidding opened on July 23 and runs until noon EDT on August 1. Sotheby’s expects the funmobile to sell for $40,000 to $50,000.

The buggy on offer is believed to be one of the first few hundred produced and thus pre-serial-number examples produced in 1968. 

“It remains in exceptional condition after a recent no-expense-spared, frame-up restoration conducted by a Volkswagen and Porsche specialist,” Sotheby’s said. 

“Finished in its original shade of orange utilizing Big Daddy Roth metal flake paint, the Manx is powered by a Powerhaus 100 hp, 1,914 cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine fitted with a progressive two-barrel Weber carburetor and an electronic distributor.”

4-cylinder Powerhaus engine provides 100 horsepower
Cockpit

Bruce Meyers began producing fiberglass-bodied beach buggies on Volkswagen chassis in the mid-1960s. Popular in Southern California and in off-road racing, they gained international fame when one played a role in The Thomas Crown Affair, a 1968 movie starring Steve McQueen.

Recently, this example won best-in-class honors at the 23rd annual Elliot Museum Car Show in Stuart, Florida, where it was part of the featured VW/Audi/Porsche featured marque class. 

The top bidder will  need to pick up the car in Florida, Sotheby’s said, adding that along with the car comes a certificate of authenticity signed by Meyers.

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The Manx is the fourth vehicle offered in Sotheby’s new Online Only auction series. Recently a 2006 Ford GT driven only 11 miles since new sold for $310,500.

For more information, visit the Sotheby’s website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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