Here are more of the cars on display at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park. Some great historic vehicles, along with some vehicular curiosities and a genuine celebrity car (Steve McQueen’s Blazer), greet visitors.
They’ve all earned their stripes off-road, except, perhaps the Neiman Marcus version of the 1992 Hummer H1.
And here’s the shameless plug… I check out the dirt drives in Joyrides Around San Diego: Journey to the Stars up Palomar Mountain; Curves, Dirt and Cuyamaca around the state park north and east of Descanso; and the two desert drives, Off the Grid Journey and Beautiful Badlands. You don’t need a vehicle as serious as these — in fact, I’ve driven a couple of these dirt roads in my 1991 Mazda Miata.
I believe this is a Neiman Marcus edition, which was sold exclusively through the fancy department store... but buyers had to pick them up at the factory in South Bend, IN. Store editions included air conditioning, AM/FM cassette with dual speakers and upgraded carpeting.
From the Historic Vehicle Association registry: "The 1964 Meyers Manx known as Old Red, is nationally significant based on the relation to four criteria. First, it is associated with important trends in automotive history and culture, a significant event. Old Red shaped the rise of the dune buggy phenomenon in the United States and abroad beginning in the mid -1960s. Second, it is associated with Bruce Meyers, a pioneer of the dune buggy craze and a significant person in the context of off-road vehicles and the fiberglass kit-car industry. Third, Old Red features significant design and construction value: it is the first dune buggy built with a fiberglass body and its design transformed the dune buggy industry. Fourth, it offers informational value as the first in a series of approximately 7,000 Manx dune buggies built by B.F. Meyers & Company, it is the inspiration for over 250,000 similar cars manufactured by other companies, and is thus the most replicated car in history. The period of significance for Old Red was from its completion in 1964 to the end of Meyers Manx production in 1971." More: https://www.historicvehicle.org/national-historic-vehicle-register/vehicles/1964-meyers-manx-old-red/
Still racing, this Macadu was built by Chenoweth in 1979 and was raced by Corky McMillan. His grandson Mark continues to race it in the Baja 1000.
Off-road racing enthusiast and macho actor Steve McQueen reportedly used this topless 1970 Chevrolet Blazer as a support vehicle in his racing efforts. And yes, that's a GMC grille; I read somewhere that he special ordered it from GM because he liked it better. Unfortunately, I can't find where I found that information.
This square-headlight 1988 Jeep Wrangler is tricked out for off-roading and is owned by El Cajon's County Motor Parts.
TSCO Racing's entry in the Trophy Truck category in the 2010 Baja 1000.