Hey, Jay and David! This gem baffles me, and just proves there’s such a deep history with the ’67 Beetle. Let’s see what our readers have to say. Please join in the conversation below. -ES
Readers continue to amaze us as they send photos and specifications for their 1967 Beetles from around the World. The Deluxe Model came almost exclusively to USA Dealerships. We in America are most familiar with these cars.
But there are right-hand drive ‘67s, with variations, in other countries. These could have the 1500, the 1300 and even the 1200cc engines plus many variations of fenders, interiors and so forth. Not only so, but left-hand drive ’67s for some countries could have 1500, 1300 or 1200cc engines with many variations of interiors and exteriors. Perhaps Australian ‘67s have the most bizarre combinations of early and later traits.
Then, there is David Brown’s 1967 Beetle. David calls his Beetle a Standard-Standard. The term “standard” is reserved for the non-Deluxe Beetle. Meaning that engines and interiors, as well as exteriors, would be less refined.
But, David’s Standard Beetle combines even more “less refined” features than did the usual Standard ’67 Beetle.
Here are some of those varying features:
- The headliner is “abbreviated”. Much, much more interior metal is showing than in the Deluxe Model. Even the door posts are unpadded since the headliner material does not extend downward.
- Rather than having a welting sewn into the material which covers the Deluxe Model B pillars, this car has a pinch welting, similar to that seen for use with the pop-out windows.
- The lining behind the rear seat is not carpeting but rather it is a sort of laminated “paper” similar to that of the familiar trunk liners.
- The location of the door activated dome light switch is indented but not punched out. The dome light is activated by a switch on the light itself.
- There were no arm rests—instead, as you can see in one photograph, a dash grab handle was used for pulling the door closed. Note, also, that there was no door pocket, even on the driver’s door card.
- The steering wheel is black. Where we would expect to see an indentation for the horn ring is smooth. The horn button is black, reminding us of the earlier Bus horn buttons.
- The front seats have the shape of the ’67 seats but without a seat-back release handle or knob. They simply can be flopped over with the hand with no mechanicals involved.
- The rear seat is correct for ’67 but has no seat back latch.
- Rather than having carpeting along the door sills, there is textured rubber matting.
- The fuel tank has a flat place on the back-bottom where earlier VWs would have the reserve lever located. On this tank the location is not punched out to receive the lever.
- Brakes were the earlier single-circuit style.
- There was the later (Deluxe ’67 style) windshield washer system.
- The engine is a 40 Hp based on the “D” Case. The air breather is of an earlier style. The breastplate, therefore, has no holes in it for the air breather tubes. The tube from the earlier style air breather ports through the firewall tin as in earlier ‘60s Beetles.
- The decklid has no holes in it for the script, although it is the new-for-1967 decklid with the accompanying new-for-’67 rear apron.
- Bright trim on the body and hood is the earlier wide style.
- The Passenger’s front fender does not have a horn grill opening.
- The front fenders have the earlier style covered head lamps.
- The passenger’s door exterior handle has a push button with no lock.
- The car originally was 6 volt (some alteration to put it to 12 volt has occurred during its history).
- Standard Beetles could come in 1 of 4 colors—this one originally was painted in L87 Pearl White.
There is more—much more. This will suffice to begin discussion of the differences among the 1967 Model Versions.
Since David is closing his repair facility, this car has become available to the Public. It certainly would take a LOT of lovin’ to put it back onto the road. But…if you live in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area and you think that you could tackle this car. You should contact David about purchase arrangements at this e-address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, serious persons only!
And, if you see anything else in one of the photos, talk to David about that too.