Freeman Thomas, who penned vehicles like the Audi TT and New Beetle now gets to run the dune buggy company.
Back in 1964, Bruce Meyers designed the Volkswagen Beetle-based Meyers Manx dune buggy – and it was a massive hit. Basically, he used the pan and running gear from a Beetle, shortened the platform and added a light fiberglass body. After some suspension tweaks, he built a remarkably capable off-road vehicle. It won an early version of the Baja 1000. That was back when it was still known in 1967 as the “Mexican 1000 Rally.”
Unfortunately for Meyers Manx LLC, dozens of coachmakers copied his design and sold their own version of the dune buggy. Still, a majority of purists feel the Meyers Manx is the one to collect.
Recently, Trousdale Ventures bought Meyers Manx Inc. Chairman Phillip Sarofim, immediately announced that automotive designer Freeman Thomas is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer. Now known as Meyers Manx LLC., the new company put out a statement:
The dune buggy’s future?
There is a ton of speculation about what this new automaker will produce. Nothing official has been announced yet.
Freeman Thomas designed vehicles for VW and Chrysler, among others. VW is the same company that built the wildly popular Volkswagen ID Buggy concept – which almost saw production. While Thomas didn’t pen the design, it is an interesting thought. That vehicle was heavily based on the Manx’s exterior design, and was pretty zippy in the dirt, despite being a fairly heavy EV.
Time will tell, but we are pretty excited to see what happens next.