August 2015 Posts

SOLD (In 4 hours) — Sapphire V ’67 Beetle Radio

sapphireHello ’67 Beetle community. I have an original (works very well) Sapphire V ’67 Beetle radio for sale. It’s been in my personal storage for many years. It has the correct  black faceplate and rare dealership black safety knobs. Please email if you’re interested.

Status: SOLD
Location: Austin, TX
Price: Inquire
Contact: Eric Shoemaker

What Makes a Vintage Volkswagen?

We’ve discussed what makes a Volkswagen a 1967 Beetle. When Eric began, he had in mind to memorialize the Model Year 1967. We’d all probably agree with him—that’s why we are here, right?!

This week a Reader wrote to Eric (and Eric copied to me) that he recently attended a VW event. He drove his unrestored but completely original ’67 Beetle to the show—not necessarily looking to win an award but just to mingle with the VW Community. He made a pointed observation that cars which were original seemed not draw the attention of the judges. In fact, judges appeared to be drawn to Volkswagens which had been altered in some fashion. The three of us batted this back and forth through our e-mails.

I had made a similar point to Eric, a while back, that I had seen the same thing. Highly modified VWs and those which are more weird seem to attract the attention of the crowd and the judges. In some cases there will be an award even for the most altered or worst vehicle!

At every show, I see absolutely stunning restorations which seem to go unnoticed.

I can appreciate that owners have ideas about what they want to do with their cars. They are the ones who drive them. Who am I to criticize or to dictate how they should use something for which they have paid their hard-earned dough.

Even the most “conservative” of us seem to have something to add to our Beetles—mud flaps, bud vase, and the list goes on and on. These things were not original equipment. But, what I’m discussing has to do with alterations to a car which changes that vehicle’s “nature”. In more and more cases, it would cost so much money to return such a car to original specs that it would prove to be unfeasible to attempt. Such a car is “lost” as far as the Collector Community is concerned.

But, here’s my point. Love me or not…I believe that rewarding alterations to these cars sponsors further alterations. It’s only natural that if people see how the judging goes, they will want to follow suit. At subsequent shows, more and more altered cars will appear, hoping to gain favor and status. From my perspective, I see a downward spiral to a species which is becoming more scarce.

Vintage Volkswagen Beetle — Buyer’s Guide

Although not ’67 Beetle specific, this video has some interesting points. One makes me laugh, which is the comment about getting the “best parts”. This Beetle clearly has cheap aftermarket replacement bumpers. It really amazes me so many cars are marketed as high end restorations when they clearly are not. I digress.

When buying a Volkswagen Beetle there are a few things you will want to check before the purchase. In this buyers guide Rob Sass addresses some important things you should know about owning a beetle things such as checking for rust and the availability of replacement parts.

Happy Friday!

’67 Beetle Keys & Locks — Steve Sandlin

'67 Beetle Keys & Locks

Editors Note: Fantastic interview, Jay! The ’67 Beetle community thanks you. If anyone needs a set, we stock Genuine VW Key Blanks and have most codes available.

July 12th (2015), I attended a large Texas VW Show-n-Swap called DubSplash. This was a show well-organized by der luftkuhlers and well sponsored by an area Volkswagen Dealership and several other businesses. The show was held in Carrollton, TX, at the much-loved Sandy Lake Amusement Park. This was the 4th year for the show. der luftkuhlers not only are fine people but know how to work with the other area VW Clubs to bring out the best in everyone!

I wanted to enjoy the cars but, most of all, to meet people. One of my VW friends and I hooked up at the show. There was not a cloud in the sky and the Texas heat was fierce. Bob suggested that we go for a snow cone. Enroute, I glimpsed a vendor’s enclosed trailer-shop. It was none other than Steve Sandlin’s Locksmith Shop on wheels!

I knew of Steve and had referred people to him over the years but—-never had met him. Here was my chance.

While we talked, I asked Steve to cut a pair of keys for one of my VWs. I had been hating those generic keys for some time. When we parted, I had a pair of VW Logo-ed keys in my pocket.

SOLD — L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE — L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Fresh on the market here at, this local Austin, TX L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle is a gem. I love when the fender beading is correct, etc. Original cars are getting harder and harder to find. Who’s going to take this one home? Tons of fantastic photos below.

The car was originally purchased in September 1967, I am the fourth owner of the car. It was purchased in the 80’s from the original owner-this purchase restored the car superficially i.e. new paint, upholstery, cosmetic work. This owner had it until the early 2000’s where it was purchased by a woman who did not do much to it, just drove it to VW shows, etc. I purchased the car in January 2014.

I have all of the service records since the 1980’s including the work that was done by the second owner to spruce it up. I also have original service record stamps from the VW dealership in the original owner’s manual through May 1973 when the car hit 36,000 miles. Since I have owned the car, I have replaced the original generator with a new Bosch generator (in February 2014), and a new battery and Voltage regulator in November 2014. It has also been scrupulously maintained with all of it’s normal needs (valve adjustments, oil changes, etc.)

The odometer currently reads 94,464. I believe this to be original (i.e. it hasn’t turned over) but have no way of verifying this.

The car has many, many original features-too many to list. I guess it would be easier to say what has been replaced – the upholstery is from the 80’s (but seats are original), the generator, the voltage regulator, the radio, it has new carpeting in the hood, new tires.

It is mechanically sound and is my daily driver. It is reliable, has never broken down on me, driven in all-weather. The electric system is original and was next on my list to be replaced but I never got around to it. Gaskets, fan belt, and fuel line have been replaced as per regular maintenance demands.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 94,464
Location: Austin, TX
Price: $8,500
Contact: Rebecca  |  512-375-0131