Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Volkswagen Concept: Manx SR

What about me? Where's my dune buggy? That's the question my wife, Emmy, asked when I posted my Volkswagen Concept MadManx. Seems like she wants to join in on the fun.

So successful was the Meyers Manx that the design was copied, literally overnight. Bruce Meyers fought vainly to protect his design from copycats who wanted to cash in on the craze. Ultimately, Bruce lost the legal battle and an avalanche of similarly designed dune buggies flooded the market. Only a handful of legitimate, original Meyers Manx buggies are left and they command premium prices in the collector car market.

In the meantime, Bruce offered a sports model that would be harder to copy. He re-engineered the buggy concept that not only had a more sophisticated design, but also offered all weather protection for its occupants, and a pair of gull-wing doors ala Mercedes 300SLs. (This was pre-Lambo days) The sleek design of the Manx SR not only made it more difficult to copy but it also made it more expensive, thus, even fewer Manx SRs survive. A rabid cult following of the few remaining SRs prove the desirability of the model.

Based on a similarly shortened Volkswagen Type1 chassis, the SR also exhibited lightning quickness and agility. A true classic, The Volkswagen Concept: Manx SR only needs large diameter rims and tires to make it more dramatic.

Instead of an all-out slalom racer, Emmy's SR relies on a bullet-proof 1776cc, dual Weber40-fed engine. Instead of massive horsepower, daily driver reliability and smooth power delivery was the priority. A custom designed air-conditioning system was mandatory for pleasurable cruising in and out of town.

A freeway flyer geared tranny with 18-inch replica Porsche Fuchs and Bridgestone Potenza rubber adds the 1-2 punch.(ala Pacquiao)

Now Emmy has her ManxSR. Any questions?


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