January 2014 Posts

Vintage Volkswagen Community — The Passing of a Legend, Don Carter

Vintage Volkswagen Community — The Passing of a Legend, Don Carter

Don Carter appeared to be just an ordinary citizen in the Heart of Texas. But the acquisition of a single Volkswagen-based vehicle propelled him into the spotlight over the next 30 something years.

Upon purchasing that vehicle, Don found that he needed some parts. What better way to obtain the parts than to buy—yet another Volkswagen. And another. And, yet another.

The passion for Volkswagening grew. Don had a piece of land outside Athens, Texas, on Highway 175. Upon that land, he began to tinker with the cars—first gingerly, then more and more. Eventually he hired a succession of mechanics to run what would become Don’s Bug Barn.

Don even built two race cars—one a Karmann Ghia and the other, a Beetle. He raced at Ennis, Texas, where a quarter mile track drew enthusiasts from all over Texas and elsewhere. He raced the likes of THE Gene Berg and came in—second. Which was a thrill of its own—just to be able to say that he had raced one of the best and come out second.

Happy Birthday — 1967beetle.com

Happy Birthday 1967beetl.com

1967beetle.com turned 3 years old today. A huge thanks to all the fantastic folks around the world that have submitted their ’67 Beetle stories, etc.

Also, I’d like to pause for a moment to thank Jay Salser. His contributions to 1967beetle.com have helped us grow in leaps and bounds. Now, let’s all enjoy a cupcake.

What’s it Worth?

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — What's it Worth?

This article was submitted by a reader and friend of 1967beetle.comMike Buettell. A huge thanks to him for taking the time to compose such valuable content. We’d like your feedback. Please chime in below.

I’m sure all of you at some time have asked: I wonder what my 1967 Beetle is worth?

The recent posting here of that beautiful Zenith Blue Beetle for $29,900 at Crevier Classic Cars in Newport Beach begs the question; is it worth it? To answer that question, I went to the Price Guide Report at Hagerty Insurance for guidance.

  • According to Hagerty, a condition 1 (essentially perfect) ’67 Beetle in early 2012 was worth $17,000. Today, they say $24,000.
  • A condition 2 (almost perfect) in 2012 was $13,000. Today it is $17,000. Condition 3 and 4 cars (drivers) have held constant in the $5,000 to $8,000 range over the past few years.

So, where are prices headed? It’s my opinion that “drivers” will rise slightly in the future? Why? The law of supply and demand. Stock ones are getting harder and harder to find, but they are out there. Condition 1 and 2 Beetles, on the other hand, should appreciate about 10% a year for two reasons.

Ron Waller’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Ron Waller

A few months ago my wife Diane and I decided I should start looking for a “retirement” project, which is a couple of years away. We discussed several ideas, but finally decided on a Volkswagen.

During my younger days in California, I owned a 1960 and a 1968. My wife, Diane owned a 1971 and in 1972 I bought a new flat windshield Super Beetle ($2,552.00), which we kept for 14 years. My brother Mark, who still lives in California has been restoring beetles and Porsche for years and his expertise came in very handy. He looked at some potential cars, but all fit into the “project” category. I am not a mechanic, I only break things and can’t fix them!

Since I did not want a project car, I started looking for a solid car that would also be a good daily commuter. I wanted something that I could get into and fix as my time and expertise improved. We were very fortunate to come across this car, which was exactly what we were looking for. We purchased the car in Mesa, Arizona.

Tranny Mount Replacement

Continuing our collaboration together, good pal Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs in NY just sent over this ’67 Beetle tranny mount replacement video. I’ve also included the items you’ll need to get the job done.

To many, this seems like a tough job to do. But, I made this video for the guy who is in his garage, on the floor, looking to get a little dirty and have the job done within an hour or so.

Over the years, these mounts get cruddy, corroded and should be replaced. The one we change on this ’67 beetle was old and broken from its base. This caused chattering when shifting, so it needed to come out. Ideally these are put in when the motor and tranny are out, or when you are doing a body off restoration and you have easy access to change it.