Tow’d (not Toad) and Tow’dster Off Road Body Kit

This Reader submitted email about the Tow’d and Tow’dster was to good not to share with everyone. Thanks to Bob Payne for the great read!

This is the marvelous automobile that captured my imagination and
sparked my love for VW kit cars and Metal flake paint at a young age.
Sadly, these photos were taken over 20 years after my dads best friend
had this parked for sale in my front yard in the summer of 1991. Back
then, the Gold metal flake glistened in the sun and sported decals from
a Trans-Am, which have come off over time.

Now for a brief history on the Tow’d and Tow’dster

Although this may look like a Hot Wheels toy that could have been
blown up to full size by Rick Moranis from Honey I shrunk the Kids,
its not. This is one of the lesser known kits created by the unknowing
father of kitcars, Bruce Meyers. The Tow’d received its name for the
fact that it was not road legal due to not having fenders or a hood
(deck lid in the essence that it was rear engine powered), so it had
to be towed to the beach, desert, or local sand dunes or off road

This stripped down, hill climbing, rail road track jumping,
kitcar sped by onlookers in their V8 powered monster trucks by out
classing them in the weight to power ratio. Weighing in under 1000
pounds its no wonder this would have quicker acceleration and could
glide and fly over sand traps and hills that bogged down the much
heavier competition.

Although this was a short lived kit in comparison
to its more popular predictor the Meyers Manx, the Tow’d
enthusiasts wanted something to make this road legal, so the
Tow’dster kit was offered as an add on to the Tow’d. This
additional kit consisted of bolt on fenders, and a decklid/hood, and
also offered a snap-on leather like ragtop roof and doors for an
additional cost.
In ‘68, Bruce Meyers had entered one of his Tow’d buggies in a
Baja race in Mexico, in which he broke both legs in an accident and
spent nearly a full day looking at his ankle bones before someone had
found him. However even this didn’t stop the now famed car maker
from building nearly 1000 of these kits before his decision to close
the company due to competitors copying his designs and making 1 offs
with minimal modifications.

So even though the Meyers company only
made a small amount of these back in the late 60s/early 70s, there
could potentially be more from copiers.
Around 2010 when Bruce started re making the Manx along with a newer
version with a more modern look, it didn’t take long for demand of
the Tow’d(ster) to also make a comeback as well. So starting in late
2011, the Tow’d and Tow’dster once again became available for sale
to the offroading enthusiasts who want something different from the
mainstream style.

1 Response

  1. Jeff says:

    Where can I find tow’d body parts for my buggy?

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