It’s November twentieth at the moment, and we’re closing out the yr quick. The solar is rising ever later and is setting ever sooner it appears, as winter is setting in (at the least in my residence nation of the Netherlands). Gone are the times of lounging within the yard with some music, pricey associates, a drink or two and simply having fun with life. However worry not, we’re heating issues up in at the moment’s instalment of the Petrolhead Nook and bringing you summer time vibes with a number of fairly distinctive autos often called Seashore Automobiles.
The Meyers Manx is probably the very best identified Seashore Automobile ever made, typically merely known as the Seashore Buggy. The story of the Meyers Manx is sort of attention-grabbing and begins within the Sixties. The idea was created by Bruce F. Meyers, a California-based engineer and artist. Rising up amidst the peak of browsing and crusing on America’s west coast, Bruce Meyers got down to assemble a fibreglass catamaran following a crusing journey right down to the Prepare dinner Islands within the Pacific Ocean.
Ditching the preliminary plan to make use of the boat to return to the Southern Seas, he ended up promoting it. Subsequent to browsing and crusing, he had a love for automobiles and he mixed these passions when he found the dune buggy and dune racing. Bruce Meyers got down to construct his personal model of a dune buggy, utilizing a fibreglass physique over a shortened Volkswagen Beetle chassis, which grew to become know as “Previous Purple”. It rose to fame when it broke the document for the Ensenada to La Paz rally (a 950+ miles run) by virtually 5 hours. This achievement sparked the legendary Baja 1000 rally first held later the identical yr.
The unimaginable journey result in the event of the Meyers Manx which was put into manufacturing as a package. Individuals may use an current Volkswagen Beetle chassis and construct the package upon that with solely primary abilities and instruments required. The newly shaped firm offered quite a few hundreds of automobiles however confronted authorized points in combating copycats, and a dramatically misplaced court docket case just about destroyed the Meyers Manx’ future. Within the yr 2000, the Meyers Manx was resurrected by none apart from Bruce Meyers, the one who created the unique Meyers Manx. Sadly, Burce Meyers handed away earlier this yr on the age of 94. Bruce and his legacy stay on because of issues like this episode of Jay Leno’s Storage, that includes the unique Meyers Manx “Previous Purple”.
The Mini Moke is one other open-top, no-frills light-weight automobile, initially supposed for army functions. Utilizing the identical idea as the unique Mini, and being designed by the identical males (Sir Alec Issigonis and John Sheppard), it didn’t carry out effectively off-road. The underpowered engines, small wheels and low floor clearance meant it failed as a army car.
As an alternative, it might be reshaped right into a civilian automobile, as a light-weight low-maintenance leisure car. The design of the automobile is sort of comical, with a small body and a boxy form entrance to again. It may seat 4 individuals, nonetheless, with straightforward getting out and in as a result of lack of doorways (or a roof for that matter). Whereas it failed to succeed in the standing of the unique Mini, the Mini Moke did obtain a cult-like standing by means of appearances in motion pictures, TV collection and music movies.
Throughout its life, it might be badged as an Austin Mini Moke, Morris Moni Moke, BMC Mini Moke (the army one) or Leyland Mini Moke. In manufacturing from 1964 to 1993, about 50,000 automobiles have been produced within the UK (1964-1968), Australia (1966-1981) and Portugal (1980-1993). Lately electrified Mini Moke copies have been created by Noun’Electrical and Moke America LLC.
Pictures of the Mini Moke you see listed below are sourced from Silodrome.com
The French have a knack for creating weirdly fantastic stuff in the case of automobiles, and Citroën is probably essentially the most well-known for doing so. It has a stellar document of unimaginable innovation in automobiles, just like the Traction Avant and 2CV. It’s truly stated the Mehari relies on the idea of the Mini Moke, however with out a number of the Mini’s drawbacks.
The Mehari is designed by French World Conflict II fighter ace Rely Roland de la Poype, on the time accountable for Citroën-supplier Société d’Etudes et d’Purposes des Brevets (SEAB). It makes use of a Citroën chassis, and engines and different elements taken from the 2CV6, Dyana and Ami automobiles. With impartial suspension, affordable floor clearance and a rust-proof plastic physique the Mehari was fairly a succesful little factor. The French Military bought over 7,000 of them, one thing the Mini Moke by no means managed to perform.
Constructed from 1968 to 1988, with a complete manufacturing run of about 145,000 automobiles, the Mehari wasn’t the most important gross sales hit however it wasn’t a failure both. Variants with four-wheel drive and even restricted editions could be launched over the 20-year lifespan. And even at the moment, it is likely one of the automobiles on this listing that has garnered a cult-like following. Costs for restored examples have gone up lately, with pristine ones fetching upwards of EUR 20,000
In 2016 Citroën launched the E-Mehari, an electrically pushed Mehari-derived compact off-roader. About 1,000 of those automobiles are produced, however it fails compared to the unique idea I believe.
Renault 4CV Jolly
The Renault 4CV was supposed to get France cell once more following the top of World Conflict II. It was developed in secret below German occupation, with the German normal accountable for Renault trying the opposite approach and thus permitting the undertaking to maneuver ahead.
Shortly after the warfare, manufacturing started and it rapidly grew to become one in every of France’s hottest automobiles. Launched in 1947, it was in steady manufacturing till 1961 when it was changed by the Renault R4. The Renault 4CV Jolly seemingly began life when Carrozzeria Ghia’s boss, Gig Segre stumbled upon the massive, lumpy automobiles getting used as taxis on the islands of Capri and Ischia. This gave him the thought to create a rickshaw-like small car, with that important Italian aptitude. The primary Jollys have been based mostly on Italian Lambretta tricycles, however by 1954 Ghia began altering Renault 4CV’s with the identical concept in thoughts.
The concept is comparatively easy, and makes use of a small, wise automobile and turns it right into a fabric-topped roadster. The roof was reduce off and changed by an umbrella-like building. Doorways and home windows, aside from the entrance windshield, have been eliminated and wicker seats have been put in. They have been typically painted in vivid, pastel colors, similar to this minty inexperienced instance. In a while in life, the Renault 4CV could be joined by Fiat 500 and 600 Jolly automobiles (extra on that in a bit) and Jolly variations of the 4CV’s alternative, the R4.
Pictures of the Renault 4CV Jolly you see listed below are sourced from WheelsAge.com
Fiat 500 & 600 Jolly
The Fiat 500 and 600 are maybe a number of the most liked small automobiles ever made, with a standing that rivals the Mini and Volkswagen Beetle. It was initially designed as an affordable type of transportation for the plenty, following the Second World Conflict, very like the Renault 4CV did for France. Much like the Mini and the Beetle, the five hundred and 600 gained cult-like standing. It grew to become a David to Goliaths as Abarth took it racing, and the wealthy and well-known embraced it as a lovable little automobile to scoot up and down the Italian riviera.
The factual story of how the Fiat 500 and 600 Jolly happened stays a bit unclear, however the story goes that Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli needed a automobile to drive to and from his yacht, and onto it if doable too. He commissioned Carrozzeria Ghia to create his concept of a seaside automobile, and the result’s these funky little Jolly automobiles. The type is just about the identical as with the Renault 4CV Jolly automobiles, so a material prime and no doorways and home windows aside from the windshield. Once more wicker seats have been put in to deal with the water, sand and sunshine of life on and across the seaside. When it was first constructed stays unclear, however it was someday within the second half of the Nineteen Fifties, and manufacturing bumped into the early Seventies.
Whereas just about equivalent from the skin, the five hundred and 600 Jolly automobiles had completely different engines. The 600’s engine was a bit greater and a bit extra highly effective and in at the moment’s market this command barely increased costs. You’d be shocked by a number of the public sale outcomes for pristine Fiat Jolly automobiles, simply fetching USD 100,000 or extra.
Volkswagen Kind 181 (a.ok.a. The Factor)
Rounding issues off is likely one of the extra out-there automobiles developed by Volkswagen, the Kind 181. That is one other automobile that was initially supposed as a light-weight army car and has a powerful resemblance to the Volkswagen Kübelwagen developed below the Nazi regime through the Second World Conflict. Following its army use, the Volkswagen Kind 181 was additionally transformed for civilian functions and offered in a number of international locations all through the world.
It grew to become identified below a number of names, however the strangest one is probably the title it acquired in the US; the Factor. It had a really boxy design and used the chassis and engines from different Volkswagen automobiles just like the Karmann Ghia. Regardless of the utilitarian look, it grew to become fairly standard as a light-weight, enjoyable outside car. It had a foldable soft-top roof, with detachable doorways and a windshield that might fold down. So mainly you possibly can expertise the total splendour of the climate at any given second.
The army model of the Kind 181 was launched in 1968, adopted by the civilian model three years later. Manufacturing ran till 1983 and a complete of about 90,000 automobiles have been constructed. To at the present time it stays a little bit of an obscure automobile however has fairly a powerful following. It’s simply serviced and modified, with even some individuals changing it right into a scorching rod (a few of which fitted with a Porsche engine for additional energy).