New Morton Street Partners Exhibit Highlights Dune Buggy History

Meyers Manx and Morton Street Partners have partnered together to give car enthusiasts an immersive exhibition experience at its 3,000 sq.-ft. West Village location highlighting the aesthetic appeal and cultural significance of the dune buggy, the exhibition space announced.

On exhibit until Jan. 28, the collection features vehicles including Steve McQueen’s Meyers Manx dune buggy from The Thomas Crown Affair, an off-road prototype known as “the Shake” built by Italian coachbuilders Bertone, a Citroën Méhari, and a 1960s Bultaco motorcycle converted into a snowmobile. Visitors can explore the inventive spirit of mid-twentieth century vehicle design and its associations with freedom and adventure while browsing recently released Meyers Manx merchandise and viewing a newly constructed Meyers Manx Classic Kit Vehicle, the exhibitors said.

“There are few vehicles that have had such a lasting impression on pop culture as the Meyers Manx, so we are incredibly excited to have such rich source material for this exhibition– examining it as both as an object of modern design and of cultural permanence. The irony of a dune buggy exhibition taking place in Manhattan during the coldest season of the year is not lost on us– the idea of surfing the sand dunes during a snowstorm was simply too intriguing to ignore,” said Jake Auerbach, founding partner, Morton Street Partners.

Visitors to the exhibition can learn about the rich history and evolution of the dune buggy, as well as the craftsmanship and design that goes into creating these unique vehicles, Morton Street Partners said. The exhibition also encourages visitors to consider the changing role of the automobile in contemporary culture, and to reflect on how the car continues to inspire and challenge our ideas about art and design.

“The Meyers Manx has always been a symbol of joyous adventure. It plays a central role in 1960’s pop culture, and its design is underpinned by a track record of great accomplishments offroad. I am excited to share this pivotal piece of an automotive era with New Yorkers this holiday season,” said Phillip Sarofim, chairman, Meyers Manx.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at

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