John Marcinka’s 1968 Meyers Manx I

John Marcinka from Long Island, New York purchased this genuine Meyers Manx buggy through an estate sale 5 years ago. Previously it had been in storage on Long Island for 36 years. John was introduced to buggies when he about 5-6 years old given his dad built a VW pan based “woods crasher” buggy. John learned to drive in that old buggy. John went on to own a Ken Allison fiberglass dune buggy prior to purchasing his Manx. John, a carpenter by trade, became aware of the Manx through his foreman who was a neighbor of the Manx owner. John was told it was a “real” buggy. His response was, “What are you talking about, it’s a real buggy? They are all real buggies.” As John approach the Manx for the first time, he saw the VW Type III pancake engine and the Manx emblem all covered in years of dust. Sure enough it was a real Manx as verified by the identification tag. Although the VW Type III engine worked fine, John had a vision of decals on the back of his buggy…”Body by Bruce, Powered by Porsche.” As a result, he located a Porsche 912 engine and realized his dream. After installing the Porsche engine. John only drove the Manx about 3 miles before he loaded it up for a Covered Bridge Tour in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Bruce Meyers, creator/inventor of the Manx, was at the event with his wife Winnie but they didn’t have their own car to drive. John offered his Manx to Bruce and after much persuasion, Bruce and Winnie accepted the offer. So here is Bruce Meyers in a Manx with virtually no test time on the engine. Everything worked without any problems thus for that brief period, Bruce Meyers had more time on the Porsche engine than John. Other than the engine swap, the buggy remains relatively original. It still uses the ’68 VW Type III transaxle which is mounted to the modified ’61 VW Beetle swing-axle pan. The buggy retains it’s original gel coat, original license plate frame and light, and rear tail lights. The rusted steel wheels have been replaced with American Racing slotted mags. The buggy is driven – a lot. Last year, John drove the Manx from Long Island to San Diego, to Nag Head, North Carolina, and back to Long Island. He was part of the Manx Club’s Sea-to-Sea cross country event.