Jay Leno Takes the First Meyers Manx for a Spin

 |  |  October 6, 2014

by Paul Strauss

As we already know, the Meyers Manx is a classic as dune buggies go. Bruce Meyers’ rudimentary fiberglass 2-seater is regarded among most as the car that defined the entire dune buggy industry. Amazingly, the very first 1964 Meyers Manx is still in great shape, and Jay Leno managed to spend some quality time with the 88-year-old Meyers for a ride in the classic buggy.

As is the case with many of Leno’s clips, there’s a lot of nostalgic name-dropping, but there’s also some great history about the Manx, and what drove Meyers to build his first car. One of the great bits of trivia is how the the way cars look in cartoons inspired Meyers to build the little bug-eyed vehicle. It’s also amusing how it looks like he’s holding on for dear life when Leno drives the car. I guess he’s not used to being in the passenger seat – and it’s not like there’s much to grab on to in the first place.

Sadly, you can’t just drive down the beach in your dune buggy anymore. I’d love to do that, sunbathers be damned.

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