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Meet the New Dune Buggy and Imagine You’re Steve McQueen

The Meyers Manx 2.0 is a retrocar that makes you feel like you’re in a period piece even though you’re living in the modern age.

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parts and comical exhaust pipes, was its most iconic feature. All of that is gone thanks to electric power, but it is beautifully disguised by new bodywork, which appears to be the area where Freeman Thomas made the majority of his money.

Only the rear wheels are driven by two electric motors, which helps keep the car’s weight under 1,600 pounds. The electric power steering, an unheard-of luxury in the original that required strong triceps, is keeping the front wheels busy.

Like many EVs, you may choose between two different battery capacities: 150 miles or 300 miles, with the latter offering a predicted 0-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds. Without knowing the price, I think the 150-mile car makes the most sense because I can’t imagine driving anything this outside much further than that and because I believe that discretion is better served by a lesser load.

where to find one

The price of the car is yet unknown, but preorders began in August 2022 with a refundable deposit. Before considerably broader production begins in 2024, the business intends to offer the first 50 copies to what it deems dedicated beta buyers.

It would have been cheeky to see the company defy current automotive dogma and release the Manx 2.0 with a potent turbo DI inline 3, but the writing’s on the wall and that sort of fun is best left to someone restoring an original Manx. I haven’t driven a prototype, so I can’t say if too much original charm is lost in the move to quiet, less distinctive electric power.

I’ll make it a priority to take you for a test drive when the Meyers Manx 2.0 is released because I think it’s a smart, shrewd interpretation of the past.

This was first printed in Roadshow.

first released at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time on August 27, 2022. Considering buying a car? On the MSN Autos Marketplace, find your match.