First, the original Meyers Manx is a kit car based on the VW Beetle. Yet this car has so much importance because of the American off-road scene that it has to be a part of this list. Introduced in 1964, the Meyers Manx was the brainchild of Bruce F. Meyers, an American boat builder and surfer who wanted a dependable beach car (via Bloomberg).
Therefore, its construction was simple as it used a fiberglass tub mounted on VW Beetle mechanics. The rear-wheel drive car was very light and could tackle almost any terrain. Some owners even installed more powerful boxer engines from Corvair or Porsche to make it more powerful as a result. Due to its distinctive design and excellent driving capabilities, the Meyers Manx became one of the symbols of surf culture.