Bruce Meyers said he didn't know the "rules" when he made what would become the iconic dune buggy of the 1960s. Instead, he took lessons learned from making fiberglass boats to create the original Meyers Manx, a red fiberglass open-top car that could carry a surfboard across the top rails, with an engine and other key parts sourced from a Volkswagen Beetle.
"If I'd known a lot about car design, there wouldn't be a dune buggy because I broke the rules. You have to have freedom to break rules," Meyers told the Orange County Register in 2014.
Growing up, even if you didn't live near a beach or a sand dune, you probably recognized the shape of a dune buggy from Saturday morning TV. A Meyers Manx has a body looking like it could have rolled right out of a cartoon.
Meyers died Feb. 19 at the age of 94. While the original B.V. Meyers & Co. shut down in 1971 with about 7,000 dune buggies sold, the Historic Vehicle Association says the car inspired more than 250,000 copycats, Volkswagen wrote in a memorial on its website.
In 2014, the National Historic Vehicle Register, a record of significant American vehicles maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, added the Meyers Manx to its list.
"My life has been full of adventures," Meyers told Volkswagen in 2017. "I want people to have an adventure in life."