1974 Meyers Manx SR2: Windows Included

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A little ways back, Josh wrote up the discovery of a Meyers Manx SR that was used by muscle-car tuner Baldwin Motion. Although far more recognized for their Volkswagen based dune buggy conversions, these scissored-door SRs are a different take on the same idea: an air-cooled VW floorpan and mechanical components with a radical fiberglass body on top. The seller claims this 1974 SR here on eBay with no reserve was never completed, and that it’s been sitting in various states of being covered and uncovered since 1974. This example’s big claim to fame, however, is that it comes with the rare optional doors with window glass (as opposed to being open air), so you could possibly attempt all-weather cruising, with no guarantees that this crude coupe is water-tight. The seller recommends that the rusty floorpan be replaced and the engine’s status is unknown, but those are relatively easy (and cheap) items to replace. Would you pick up the Meyers Manx SR2 as a project, or is it just too weird to take seriously?

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Comments

  1. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Anyone else see Bugeye in the front? I could even stretch it to XJS in the back (yes, I know it pre-dates it, but I’m having fun here) with the flying buttresses. Carabo in the doors. Even used MG/Triumph side marker lights. AMC or Austin/Triumph door handles. And of course, the VW pan/drivetrain. How many other cars do you see?

    And yes, I like Manx SR’s.

  2. David C

    I love it! I will be watching this one. It’s actually only about 75 miles from me. I haven’t seen one of these in 20 years. Could be very cool.

  3. VIKING

    The fiberglass body may be 1974, but the chassie is from an early 6 volt 40 horse with swing axles. I guess he forgat to mension that, it is maby a 1962 chassie.

  4. jim s

    this body was not made by meyers, you car see the tag for the company that built it in the ebay photos. per the manx sr website 4 companys made these bodies. bid on what you think the body is worth. mount on newer pan with better motor. does anyone know if pan has to be shorten to fit? interesting find.

  5. David C

    The pan has to be shortened 14.5″ to fit. This is a Meyers and company design but built by Karma and is a Manx SR2. Pretty rare body.

  6. Rick

    Had one of these years ago. It was a ball to drive with an 1835cc pushing it. Had the targa and side windows but never put the windows on… the fit was, let’s say, crude at best. That said, this particular one will be a steal if it sells cheap. Put it on a renovated shortened pan and have a blast. Just double check all your fiberglass as it goes back together. And have young knees!

  7. Alan Berry

    Okay, here is my little known trivia question for the day about this car. I do know the answer and will post it tomorrow afternoon. The question is, what does the “SR” that follows the name of the car stand for?

    • Rick Leddon

      Steward Reed, the designer.

  8. DavidC

    Street Roadster

  9. shawn renaud

    Oooff Ahh! Wish I saw this live! I wouldah grabbed it if I could, I have a ’71 SR2 on a ’63 pan, only a 1641 engine but it’s quite good enough… Got rid of the roof – since I’m in California – don’t really need it. Like driving it along the coastal cities and up to Malibu. THE LOOKS AND THUMS UP WE GET! Pretty priceless… If anyone has one they would like to sell: srenaud7@hotmail.com

  10. Alan Berry

    Stewart Reed is the correct answer. I think he is an instructor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Probably in his early 70’s now. I knew him as a fellow student at Art Center and as a car stylist in Detroit.

  11. Tim Faville

    The SR stands for Street Roadster, not Stewart Reed

    • hhaleblian

      S/R, Stewart Reed is correct. I believe he’s still head of automotive design at Art College Pasadena and all around great guy.

  12. Tim Faville

    I worked for Bruce Meyers and own a 1970 Meyers Manx SR and the SR stands for Street Roadster not Stewart Reed.

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