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
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.