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Bruce Meyers – artist, surfer, designer, hot-rodder, Navy hero, off-road racer, and inventor of the dune buggy – is dead. He was 94.
Above, Meyers jumped an early Manx prototype in 1966.
Meyers is best known to car enthusiasts as the designer of Meyers Manx dune buggy. The compact, full, instantly recognizable body, built of fiberglass and designed to fall on a shortened Volkswagen Beetle floorboard, became the signature shape of the signature vehicle in Southern California, loved by surfers, adventurers and off-roaders.
Meyers built his very first dune, “Old Red”, for personal use on his many explorations of Baja. But he soon realized that there was market potential in the design, and began producing Meyers Manx commercially. He held Old Red for the rest of his life, and estimates he accumulated well over 100,000 desert miles in the rig.
A World War II veteran, a lifelong surfer and a livelier of the finest Southern California variety, Meyer’s life defied a brief summary. For a full understanding of the man, his attitude and his many accomplishments, visit our sibling publication AutoWeek, where Mark Vaughn has written a detailed and beautiful tribute to this important man.
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