Tell us about the history of your ’67 Beetle?
I’m always fascinated by the history of things. So I did some research, made calls, and pieced together a timeline of Fritzy III’s past life. Our ’67 Beetle was originally sold by Ellwood Motor Sales in Daytona, Florida. The first owner kept it until 1999, when he sold it to a guy who bought it for his wife as an anniversary gift. They split up a few years later, and she kept the beetle. She relocated and kept it stored in her garage, undriven for years. One day her mailman saw the VW and asked if she would sell it, and they agreed on a price. The car was inoperable since it had been sitting idle so long, so he had it trailered to his home where he replaced the starter, gas tank, fuel pump and carburetor, and got it running again. He intended to do more work on it, but was sidelined by a heart attack. He held onto the car, not wanting to give up on his plans to fix it up. Meantime, his friend’s 19-year-old son had taken an interest in the beetle, so the mailman sold it to him in May 2012. It wasn’t an easy decision for him, but I guess he thought this young man would make a project out of it. But as we all know, working on a 46-year-old car takes time and money … two things a college student does not have. Within a couple months, the bug was for sale. My husband happened upon it one day, and bought it for me as a surprise … one day I came home from work, and there sat Fritzy outside our garage. I’ve never been so shocked in my life! Funny thing is, not two weeks before I made the off hand comment that owning a vintage beetle was on my “bucket list.” Who says men don’t listen to their wives!
Tell us the history of your ’67 Beetle. As per the maintenance card for this VW, it was inspected and delivered to the original owner on January 6, 1967, at BOB SMITH VOLKSWAGEN in Hollywood, CA. On 1/18/67, at 357 miles, the dealer performed the “300 Mile Free Maintenance Engine and Transmission Oil Change”. The next service was performed at 5,000 miles by a mechanic who thoroughly recorded the entire service record, by hand, on the under-side of the engine compartment lid, until 1986. That’s when the car was sold to its second owner for $5,500.00. The second owner was living in Minnesota and had specifically wanted a 1967. One day he received a call from his brother, in Los Angeles, telling him he had found the ’67 for him, for sale in the parking lot of Studio City Golf and Tennis, which the owner frequented. So he bought the car and trucked it to Minnesota, where he had an igloo (garage) built, at the ready. He drove the Beetle only in Summer months. One year later, the owner moved, bringing the Beetle back to Studio City, now living here himself. The car was straight , just as it still is, and well-maintained, when it was sold that second time. The new owner continued to maintain the car, replacing everything as needed, including interior, paint and eventually the engine, kicking it up from 1500cc to a 1600cc dual-port. When this car, that I drove by almost daily for 11 years, was finally for sale the third time, 23 years later, I grabbed it the first day it was for sale. I bought this ’67 Beetle in 2009, exactly 42 years, 1 month and 3 days from the original delivery.
Not a week goes by without someone emailing 1967beetle.com asking he proper way to install a decklid spring on a ’67 Beetle. I had been drafting this process, when a reader in the UK submitted this short video by Kevin O’Neall. Have you too had trouble with your own decklid? If so, let us know below.
“This is a 4 part series of short films on the “one year only” 1967 Beetle. We discuss the obvious changes, upgrades, and one year only features that make this car so special.”
As always, 1967beetle.com strives for accuracy. However, the ’67 Beetle has a LONG list of one year only parts. If you see something that was left out, etc, please give us your thoughts and comment below. We want to hear from you!