Just listed for sale here at 1967beetle.com. This is a very very nice L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle, just waiting for a buyer. I don’t think this car needs much at all to be perfect and 100% correct to factory specs. Who’s going to take this ’67 home and put it in their garage for the new year? It’s too bad Lane Russell is in the process of a workshop renovation. Ruby red has always been a favorite.
Status: SOLD Mileage: Unknown Location: CA Price: $10,500 Contact:Buy it Now
Our good bud Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs just produced a short film in regards to engine detail. Of course it’s the best year; the 1967 Beetle which we all know and love. If you have any engine detail related questions, feel free to chime in below. Chris will be happy to reply.
Editors note: FPO image, as we didn’t have photos yet from Jesse. However, wanted to share his story with the world. Once we have them, we will update and showcase. Thanks, Jesse for your contribution!
I learned about 1967beetle.com “late” while owning my 1967 Ruby Red SunRoof Beetle.
I won her in an auction in Colorado. The car had rust in the running boards and a few paint bubbles. No big deal. I bid a little over my limit and won. I am the third owner…the first two were in the same family.
The car came with the original owner’s manual with all of the service notes. Taking all things into account, I believe that this car (at the time of this writing) has a legitimate 62,602 miles. The first owner was an older gentleman who liked to collect cars. When his son was in college in California, he allowed him to use the car.
Although I was able to drive her home, due to sitting awhile, the car needed some engine work. I took her to Painters Grinding (an unlikely name but really good VW folks) and they rebuilt the engine, painted the tins and gave her back to me.
I moved out to DC, due to a job change, and drove her as a daily commuter vehicle. The horrendous roads here tore up the front suspension and I had it rebuilt by my faithful VW wizard mechanic.
After a pretty bad rear end accident in her car, my wife asked me not to drive the VW as my daily car. She made sense. Had I been in the Beetle, I’d be a distant memory.
As a result, I parked her for awhile and had no real idea what to do. I was contemplating selling her on Samba or Craigslist, due to living in DC with a crazy commute. I finally pulled it out of my garage and said “Nope. I’m driving this thing”. And I do. I love the car.
I have been doing a slow and continuing garage restoration–moving the fuel filter, replacing the fuel hoses, etc. Minor brake maintenance and some new tires came next.
I received an e-message from 1967beetle.com Reader and Author Joy Rabin, of California. She copied to me a message from Ryan Pettit of The Big Island in Hawaii. Ryan’s question—where to find some good front fender turn signal bulb holders for his 1967 Beetle.
From 1964 through 1967 the front fender turn signal housings are essentially identical—identical lens cover, identical lens, and almost identical bulb holder—EXCEPT that the bulb holder is fitted for 6 volt application 1964 through 1966 and for 12 volt in 1967. The bulb holder for 1967 has two terminals because the parking/running light has moved from the covered head light bucket to the turn signal. The bulb holder now had two electrical spades and the bulb had two filaments.
1968 through 1969 turn signal housings are, for all practical purposes, the same as for 1967 except that each chromed lens cover is cut-back on the sides to reveal the bulb’s light as a “side-marker”. To accommodate to this new lens cover, the lens is fabricated to fit the contour of the new lens cover.
It is my studied conclusion that the bulb holder reflectors for ’67 through ’69 are less robust than for previous years. This comes into play later in this exercise.
Ryan, Joy, and her husband Gary, and I looked around the Internet for replacement bulb holders for 1967 Beetles. I spent time speaking with the representatives of 3 major vendors. All agreed that no one today manufactures an identical replacement for the 1967 through 1969 bulb holder.
In fact, today’s replacements have only one electrical prong for the bulb holder’s single filament bulb (according to what I found). This thwarts the reasons for the twin filament which was new for 1967. And, it is just plain maddening to those of us who want our cars to be correct!