In 1964, US-American Bruce Meyers assembled the first dune buggy: Handmade, open to the elements - without doors or roof – and based on a shortened Beetle chassis. He was seeking an alternative to the heavy four-wheel jeeps, in order to move faster through the Californian dunes. The first buggy, the “Meyers Manx”, was born. In 1967, he proved on the Mexican peninsula “Baja California”, that he had indeed created a real alternative. He set a new record time, racing through the desert from Tijuana to La Paz, in his first Monocoque-Manx. Quickly, the fun car conquered the beaches of the American coast and became a cult-classic car of the 70s. Up until the 1980s, around 250,000 individual Beetle-based vehicles were built worldwide – as one-offs or at low volumes: From the Beetle Cabriolet to special bodies from companies such as Hebmüller and Rometsch, and the famous, completely open Meyers-Manx Buggy.