December 2017 Posts

Don Hoopers’s vintage VW Uni-vents

From time to time, we’re lucky enough that our awesome readers randomly share gems such as these with 1967beetle.com. Very nice. I mean, NICER! Thanks to Don Hooper for sending this interesting piece of vintage VW history our way.

Now that I have spread the word amongst the 1967 Beetle community about my 40 year affair with my 67 Beetle Type 151 Cabriolet, I thought maybe some would enjoy looking at some parts I bought years ago.  I wonder how many here were aware that an in-cabin fresh air ventilation system was available for their 1967 Beetle? Well, it was available as an aftermarket, owner or dealer installed accessory know as the Uni-Vent Air Ventilation System.   Produced by Uni-Vent Co. Inc. of Jacksonville FL and sold by authorized VW dealers, the kit included a plastic tubular vent pipe system with scoops for each horn grill, that routed up inside the inner fenders to 2” holes punched into the kick panels on sedans and Karmann Ghias.  Two round vents units with spring loaded rotating caps closed the system or allowed for air to be directed up, down or sideways in the foot wheels.  The assembly was not made to fit the unique convertible kick panel shape.

I bought my NOS set from Bob Scott at Vintage Parts in Glendale, CA in January 1985 for $80 plus tax, intending to install it in my daily driver 1967 Lotus White sedan.

My plan was to make my daily 40 mile drive on Los Angeles Freeways through hot summer months more tolerable.    I know from the literature included that the set was extremely effective and would have made a big difference in my drives, but I never got around to doing the installation before I sold the car.   Hence the set has sat on a shelf in my garage for the last 32 years.  I thought it might be enjoyable for others who actually drove their 1967 beetles daily to travel back in time through this story and these pictures and remember sweltering days puttering along in the slow lane in the San Fernando Valley or elsewhere in obsessive heat. What a joy those days were!

SOLD – L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

Listed for our friends over at BaT, this L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle is an example of period correct along with a few modern upgrades. I can’t tell you how many emails 1967beetle.com has received about this car today. Who’s going to make an offer? Did I also mention that it’s a convertible?!

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 26,665
Location:
Memphis, Tenn
Price: No reserve auction – BAT
Contact: BaT

“This 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio was restored by a previous owner approximately 20 years ago and has been with its current owner since 2002. Driven over 5,000 miles during his ownership, the car is believed to remain in stock specification apart from an interior color change. The single-port 1500cc flat-four is paired with four-speed manual transaxle. Records detailing maintenance over the past 15 years, including a recent clutch replacement as well as a servicing last week by the seller with the installation of a rebuilt German Solex Pict-1 carburetor, an oil change, and inspection. This Type 1 is now offered by the seller at no reserve on behalf of the current owner with a new uninstalled black interior kit, new black steering wheel, and a clean Tennessee title in the current owner’s name.”

’67 Volkswagen Beetle Collectibles


On a regular basis, 1967beetle.com plays an important role in the trouble-shooting calls which I receive. Often, there is an article or discussion on the Site which deals with the question at hand.

I also review articles from times to time—just for the fun of it. And, so it happened that as I was reviewing Don Hooper’s Article. I happened to spy, in one of the photos, the key hanging from the ignition switch.

What’s this? A unique Leather Key Holder, I spied.

I entered a Comment about the Holder and pretty soon Don replied. He and I kept up
a running e-conversation for the day about Key Holders.

I referred him to a short Article which I wrote some time back:

Vintage Volkswagen Collectibles

I know that a lot of us either purposefully collect VW Memorabilia—or perhaps it just
“comes to us” from family and friends—as have some of the Collectibles which I display in our home.