Man Behind the Original VW Beach Buggy Explains his Creation

The VW-based dune/beach buggy concept could not have come from anywhere else but California. The original idea came to Bruce Meyers in the early 1960s, and by 1965 he had already hand-built 12 prototypes in his shop – he was formerly a boat builder with a background as an engineer and artist, and he admits that he “spent a lot of time in school.”

It’s been more than 50 years since he started the whole beach buggy craze, which has literally swept the world, so XCar thought it’d be a good idea to seek him out and shoot a few questions his way.

Naturally, they all revolve around how and why he created the buggy and they all prompt characterful responses from Meyers. He even admits that he was angry for many years because people kept stealing his design, but he’s now grown wiser and is just happy he created a vehicle that really does bring joy to people…