Frank Shoemaker’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!My Grandfather lovingly gave me his ’67 beetle about 10 years ago. Recently, I asked him what spawned the purchase in the first place. In his own words:

“Eric, my memory is not what it used to be, but … I purchased the VW brand new in January of ’67. (Traded a ’62 Beetle) The price was very competitive, and it was common knowledge that the German VW of old made products that were the result of the highest level in engineering and quality.”

Thanks, Grandpa for giving me a piece of history. Who knew that the Volkswagen Beetle would go on to be the “longest-running and most-manufactured automobile of a single design platform anywhere in the world.”

YOM Vintage Volkswagen Plates

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It’s emails like this that make me smile. Thinking back, I really had no big vision for 1967beetle.com. I was working in San Francisco, CA at a design agency. Many late nights pushing pixels for things I didn’t believe in; I’d be thinking about my own ’67 Beetle restoration and working with my hands. The idea of “maybe I should create a site to share my own story” happened organically. Anyway.. Thank you. -E

Hello, 1967beetle.com.

Just wanted to say hello and say that your efforts to honor and revere the 1967 Beetle is much appreciated. To that end, I thought I would share this with the rest of our 1967 Beetle brothers and sisters out there. My first Bug was in 1964.

The short story: I recently scored what I consider to be The Holy Grail of personalized license plates, in my case – 1967 BUG These were obtained through the recently activated California DMV “Legacy” program. They cost $50 for the initial order, then a $40 annual retention fee, plus annual registration, my total: $120 (my original annual registration was only $18) Took about six months to get plates and I had to pick them up at my local DMV as I was required to turn in my old White plates. Even the DMV lady was really Jazzed when she saw them. I asked her for the original DMV envelope which she was about to toss. The “Legacy” program is separate and different from the DMV “YOM” (Year of Manufacture) program which allows a corresponding year of old and non-registered plates to be re-assigned. Jerry

The longer story

A little over a year ago the California State Legislature finally passed the California “Legacy” license plate series program, which gave the DMV the go ahead to issue special sequential and custom personalized license plates from/for three important base plate issue time periods in California beginning with the: 1) 1956 to 1962 series of Yellow field with 6 black characters, steel plate. 2) Then the 1963 to 1969 series, Black field with 6 yellow characters, steel plate (some very late plates were aluminum). 3) Last of the three was the 1970 to 1980 series Blue field with 6 yellow characters, aluminum plates.

The “Legacy” program came to fruition through the long-time and tireless efforts of many dedicated car collectors and car clubs, including The Alfa Romeo Association of America, of which I am also a member.

The California DMV based their “Legacy” production offering on how many pre-orders they received for a given series to make start-up production practical. Their minimum number was 7500 pre-orders The only series reaching this requirement was the 1963 to 1969 Black plate series, debatably the most important period of the three. So, this means that a collector can now have a brand new set of correct era, reissue California license plates in either standard sequential or custom layout for their Muscle Cars and other Customs. The “Legacy” series Black plates look exactly the same as the original 1963-1969 base plates, but utilize reflective black paint and are missing the “63” year stamped in the indent recess for the year and month sticker.

I, of course, originally wanted the personalized plate version that read: 1967 BUG, sort of the Holy Grail of Beetle plates, but in checking on-line discovered it wasn’t available because it was already registered in the “Vanity” white personalized plate program from some years earlier. So, I opted for “1967 VW”, which was available according to the DMV database online. But, when I went to pay for it online, I could not complete my credit card transaction because the site was having technical problems, not uncommon for them. Being after hours, I called the DMV in Sacramento the next morning and was transferred to the Specialized Plate section, “Legacy” series program.

Shelly’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Vert

20150302_114211Our good friend Mark over at Old VWs Restoration is working on a very complete ’67 vert for a customer. He sent over some photos and I wanted to share with the ’67 Beetle community. Mark, our timing lights our pointed in your direction. Keep us posted on the progress!

Amanda De Vito’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 — Amanda Devitio

We’ve been going through the archives a bit tonight, here at 1967beetle.com. This fantastic, unique story deserves another moment in the spotlight.

Tell us about the history of your ’67 Beetle?
I’ve wanted a classic Volkswagen since I was a kid. I’m not certain where the influence came from. I found very quickly that I was not going to get more than the rusted remains of a classic VW Bus in my price range, so I started searching through Beetle listings out of financial necessity. We test drove a handful of them across California and none of them were really right. They were all molested, with big bassy stereo systems and funky junk going on in the engine. I didn’t dig it. I wanted something original, but not in showroom condition as I wasn’t up to such a responsibility. I figured I might bump into a few curbs along the way. I wanted something more on the hoodride side but also something semi reliable that wouldn’t fall apart. I was pretty particular about it. We were worn out after a few weeks, and my budget was beginning to dwindle when I finally found Walter listed on The Samba. We drove to Palo Alto, and instantly when I saw him I knew he was perfect. Love at first sight. It was a very short transaction – we drove around in a little circle down University Avenue.

“This is absolutely the one.”

We handed the guy $2,750 cash, he handed me the keys. He mentioned he was the second owner. He had several project cars in his driveway and said he was selling it to free up some space.

Featured ’67 — Amanda Devitio

SOLD – L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle Sunroof

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Fresh on the market here at 1967beetle.com, we have a nice L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle sunroof for sale. This gem is owned by my friend Mike. I’ve personally worked on this car and can stand behind it is a very nice daily driver. Did I also mention that it’s a sunroof?

  • 3rd owner
  • 10,885 miles on an engine rebuild
  • New running boards
  • New shocks
  • New tires
  • New wheels
  • New rebuilt speedometer
  • New rebuilt carburetor
  • All electrics work except for radio, interior turn signal bulbs, and interior dome light
  • Sunroof needs service
  • Drivers side window regulator needs replacement
  • Pan solid, except for previously repaired battery tray

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 10,885
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $4,500
Contact: Mike – Mnacroxas@yahoo.com

Tom Parson’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Vert

Tom Parson's L282 Lotus White '67 Vert

Thomas Parsons has been a Reader of 1967beetle.com for some time. Tom lives in the small town of Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, between London, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, USA. Tom is well acquainted with vintage vehicles having restored other vehicles, including a wonderful Deluxe Model A Ford Coupe. He has attended many shows in Michigan, New York and in Ontario. Nowadays, he participates mainly in local cruises and car shows. Here’s the story of Tom’s 1967 Beetle Convertible.

I have learned a few things over the years, as we all have. Time, money, family and learning all impact our work for sure.

When I brought this car home, the body actually was in two pieces with the doors thrown inside along with many other parts. I picked it up on a flat-bed trailer–the body and parts were piled on one end and the chassis with motor on the other end.

When my wife saw the ’67 come home, she thought I had lost my mind. “You paid money for those parts?” I had taken on difficult projects before but she wasn’t convinced about this one, for sure. It was indeed rough. I have seen much better donor cars in my few travels to Florida over the years since I bought the car. Other than some work on the heater channels, the car simply had been disassembled and left in a heap behind a grocery store in London, Ontario, Canada. I had worked in the summer to help rebuild that store to another chain’s specs, so I shopped there for awhile even though it was not close to our home. I spotted the Beetle one day and drove around for a closer look. I suppose that anybody in his right mind would have run, but like Charlie Brown, I somehow felt that this car needed me! I found out who owned the parking lot it was left in, contacted the owner, paid his price and carted it all home!

Wish I had early pictures to share. The task was daunting but I always had wanted a ‘67 Cabrio–so the work was worth it. Some heater channel repair had begun but was poorly done. I think that the owner had been waiting for someone to come along so that he could unload this pile of parts!

I read a post, a few years ago, by someone who had purchased a “basket case” ‘67 Cabrio. I looked at the pictures and began to chuckle. The car needed a complete restoration but the body was intact. At one point early in my restoration, I had the complete body and doors and most parts of my car piled into a 4 X 4 foot space in the corner of the garage while I worked on the chassis! THAT was truly a basket case. I know what scratch-build means and, as I said, I did not have, at the time, the connections and support that 1967beetle.com provides. You are making a genuine difference to fellow enthusiasts.