This remarkable Meyers Manx was purchased new by its original owner, Craig Newcomb, directly from Bruce Meyers, the founder of the company, at his Newport Beach, California location in 1968. This authentic and original Manx is a desirable “Pre-Tag” example, meaning that it is one of the first 150 Manx bodies produced. Besides 12 fiberglass monocoque prototypes, all authentic Meyers Manxes were sold as kits and then fitted over shortened Volkswagen Beetle floor pans.
Living on Balboa Island, not far from Bruce Meyers, Mr. Newcomb carefully documented the build of the car and color photos of this process remain with the Manx today. With color photos, he also documented trips to Baja California in the Manx that he took with his wife in 1968 and 1969, and his original travel insurance stickers from those trips remain on the windshield. Documents from these travels, including their hand-notated maps and receipts for accessories, still accompany the car. The Manx even retains the original shovel, tool kit, tow rope, steel tow bar, and some spare parts that Newcomb acquired for these trips.
The consignor, a Volkswagen and Meyers Manx expert, originally helped Mr. Newcomb sell the car about 18 years ago and more recently acquired it. He notes that this is by far the most original and well-preserved example he has ever seen in his over 30 years of experience with them. He further notes that the Manx retains its original gel-coat finish in the rare non-metallic color of 32S Dark Green, along with its original interior, and many fascinating original details and accessories. These include its original Dietz headlights, Sigla windshield, Lucas turn signals, and its original engine, fitted with Weiand valve covers and dual Weber carburetors. The consignor reports from a recent test drive that the Manx runs well and is an absolute joy to drive.
This sensational Meyers Manx is a time-capsule, museum-worthy example that conveys the essence of 1960s California car culture, not only with its incredibly original condition but its wonderful documentation and fascinating story.
Please note that this vehicle is titled 1959 and as a Volkswagen.