February 2013 Posts

West Coast Classic VW Restoration — Lenny Copp


As 1967beetle.com takes a deeper look into the archives, it is time to shine a bright light once again at one of the best in the business; Lenny Copp of West Coast Classic Restoration. A huge thanks to Timm Eubanks for his talented eye behind the camera, and for taking part in this fantastic featured article we first published in 2011.

Lenny, please tell us a little about yourself, your background, and how you got into Vintage VWs.
My background started in 1972. I was 23 at the time. I had my first mechanics job after graduating from a 6-month auto mechanics school in New Hampshire. I tried all the different dealers like Chevrolet, Ford, etc., and when I went the local VW dealer, they hired me as a trainee. While there for two years, I learned a lot about repairing VWs. My other talent, so to speak, was cooking in restaurants. As a young man, I learned that working in restaurants was good because you always had food to eat. So, between 1972 and 1978, I worked on cars, and I cooked in restaurants. I was a full time cook and was “Bingo the Clown” every Sunday from 1 to 4pm at a Ground Round Restaurant. Yikes!! (I have pictures on request). In 1979, I bought a new black Kawasaki 1000 LTD. My girlfriend and I sold everything we owned and took off into the sunset. We landed in Florida, and since it was September, we decided to stay there. Only thing was my son Benny was conceived on that trip. So, after a few months, we bought a car and drove back to Peterborough, NH to settle down.

Greg Minuskin’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Greg Minuskin

Greg Minuskin recently reached out to 1967beetle.com to take a look at a ’67 Beetle he was considering purchasing. As it turns out, it’s a numbers matching L282 lotus white sunroof. After looking at a few photos, I advised him to purchase the car before someone else did! It makes me happy to know there are a handful of quality ’67 Beetles still out there; forgotten under layers of dust in barns, garages, etc. 1967beetle.com will continue to find and showcase their unique stories.

Well, I recently acquired this ’67 VW Beetle from a long time Mercedes Benz collector friend. He had acquired the car from his neighbor who passed away some time ago. I believe the car is original to California, for it sports the Trans Ocean license plate frames from the Pasadena VW dealership in that area, and black plates, making me the third owner.

SOLD — L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE: L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Just spotted on eBay, this L282 lotus white ’67 Beetle is a one owner car, just what we like to see here at 1967beetle.com.

“I pulled this out of a barn where it was sitting for all this time. I bought this bug from the original owner who bought this car brand new in 1967 in Northern California. It even has the original 1500cc german engine that runs like a charm.”

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 99,204
Location: Reno, Nevada
Price: Bidding on eBay
Contact: Through eBay | 775-830-6760

Vintage Werks, Restoration of VW Engine Components

Ed Fall of Vintage Werks was originally featured well over a year ago when 1967beetle.com was in it’s early infant stages of growth. I wanted to take a moment to bring forward again this great article. If you have a vintage VW, you need to know about Ed’s fantastic work.

Ed, tell me a little about yourself, your background and how Vintage Werks began?
I’m originally from southern California. I grew up there at a time when Volkswagens were plentiful—about one in every five cars on the freeways. I learned to drive my dad’s ’65 beetle in the late sixties and well remember its build quality contrasted with that of other cars of the era: its rugged metal construction, simplicity, reliability and design elegance, and how well it withstood daily wear unlike the ’68 Impala wagon my dad purchased a few years later. My joy of the beetle goes back to that time, and though it lay dormant for several decades, remained with me.

Price List

’67 Beetle — Price List

It seems 1967 was a simple time. One thing is for sure, the ’67 Volkswagen Beetle was sure less expensive than today’s modern cars. I think a recent quote from Lenny Copp of WCCR sums it up well.

“I just sold a 21 window bus to VW in Germany. Kinda funny, they sold this bus for around $3k new and bought it back for 20 times that.”