What is a real Meyers Manx ?
Do you have an original Meyers Manx ? (An authentic Manx is NOT required to join the Manx Dune Buggy Club !)
In order to be entered in the
Meyers Manx Registry, buggy owners need to be able to identify whether or not
their buggy is an authentic Meyers Manx. If you suspect that you may have one,
or if you know you are a owner of any Meyers kit car, - original Manx, Tow'd, Manx S.R.,
Turista (sometimes called the Resorter) or any of the Manx Utility cars (Lifeguard,
etc.), please send the following information in order to complete our registry file.
Two pictures of your car (for the registry file).
a. Front - please include the front emblem area.
b. Rear - include the license plate area.
The serial no., found above the tunnel behind the front seats or above
the pedals under the dash, or only above the pedals on the Towd.
Some of the earlier cars did not have a tag with the serial no., although
those same cars would have the battery box well and spare tire sump molded into
the area behind the front seats. If yours is one of these, a picture of this area is
required along with at picture of the reinforcing tubes extending from front to rear
under the fenders.
If your car proves to be an authentic Manx an additional $5 annual fee will
allow you to receive a printed copy of the registry and a special "Authentic
Meyers Manx Kit Owners" card. The registry will allow you to network with
other Meyers Manx Kit Owners near you.
Additional Details of the Original Meyers Manx
The dashboard is made of ABS plastic surrounded by a steel frame
inside the fiberglass hood.
The hood has a small bump on it's nose, measuring 2" wide by 2 1/2"
tall. This bump wore a silver and black sticker on the first 150 kits or so into early
1967, at which time the large black and silver plastic emblem covered this bump.
Meyers Manx hoods never had any other bumps, airscoops, ridges, furrows, or
anything else on their hoods.
Two tubular steel struts may be in place to stiffen the lower edge of the
body at either side of the license plate. This continued to the end of 1971.
Up until late 1969 or 1970 the bodies had stiffening tubes glassed under
the fenders from the pedal bulkhead to the engine bulkhead. These were first
made of cardboard tubes glassed in and later a few with 2" vacuum cleaner
hose glassed in place, but finally a fiberglass shape was tooled, which formed
a tube-like structure under both fenders.
There were a few hundred
bodies shipped after 1970. These
bodies omitted the stiffeners under the fenders as well as the battery box and
spare tire well. The bump on the hood was enlarged to accept a large Meyers
Manx decal. These bodies also fit the I.R.S suspensions. The hood and
dashboard were molded as one piece on all Manx II's with no metal frame
inside. Some of the first Manx II's had stiffening tubes under the fenders until
the company resorted to stacking the bodies for shipment, necessitating the
removal of these tubes.
For an example of what is NOT a Manx, click on the following