’67 Volkswagen Beetle Insurance

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Eric and I corresponded with the owner of a ’67 Beetle which had been wrecked. The owner immediately had contacted his insurance agent who sent an adjuster to view the damaged vehicle. The result was a declaration of a “total loss” with an offer of a small dollar amount for the depreciated vehicle. With reason—the owner was incensed. He knew that his car had value. He argued with the insurance company—to no avail.

Our Beetles fall into a class of vehicles known as “Classics” or “Collector Automobiles”. Their value cannot be ascertained by going to the Kelly Blue Book or to some other commonly know valuation chart.

Since this is true, insuring one’s vintage vehicle requires study before implementation.

When a person decides to insure his vintage Beetle with a “regular” insurer, he finds that the vehicle falls under the rules of the game for any other vehicle on the road. He may apply Collision, Comprehensive and Liability Insurance. But the dawn explodes when it comes time to file a claim.

The Insurer will send a claim adjuster to view the damaged car. The adjuster is used to assessing damage and applying the normal rules of a claim upon cars. As in the real-life example above, some have discovered, to their horror, that this type of insurance claim is going to adjust according to a value which the Insurer will unilaterally apply. Suddenly, you find your vintage Beetle’s pre-accident worth only a shadow of what you thought.

Your vehicle for which you paid THOUSANDS! How can this be?

Insurance Value:

The mistake was in not insuring the Beetle with a Collector or Vintage Insurer—a company which specializes in vintage vehicles. Such insurance is determined by a careful assessment of the vehicle based upon its age and value on the collector market—not as a household or business vehicle which has a calculated annual depreciation value plus condition.

Vintage Vehicle Insurers provide State-required insurance–and much more. Not only will your vehicle be protected against liabilities (claims presented by other parties of personal and/or property damages), but also its own inherent value will be protected by a “stated” or “agreed-upon” valuation. This is a process in which you, the owner, play an all-important part!

The agreed-upon valuation will depend upon your doing some homework. There are numerous helps for assessing the value of a car. But, before you look at any of these resources, know your Beetle! Do not leave this in the hands of another.

Joe Sherlock’s L41 Black ’67 Beetle

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Sent over by a reader of 1967beetle.com, Joe’s L41 Black ’67 Beetle is a keeper for sure. Don’t you agree? (Credit: Joe Sherlock)

The Keeper: Our family’s record for length of car ownership goes to our black Volkswagen Beetle sedan, which I purchased new in March 1967 and sold in June 1995. I traded my ’63 Corvette Sting Ray for it and had to put up an extra $310 to get the new Beetle.

The 1967 Volkswagen featured a larger 1493 cc. engine with 53 horsepower. It would do 0-60 mph in a little over 16 seconds. It was the first Beetle with single-unit (non-glass covered) headlights as well as backup lights in rectangular chrome pods.

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It also had a 12-volt electrical system and a dual brake system. The heater system was better than the ’63 model; the car even had a center dash defroster outlet – a feature introduced in the 1966 models. 1967 models featured push-button door locks, replacing the 1930-style swing handle found on earlier models.

Our 1967 Beetle was probably the most durable car we’ve ever had. We kept it for 28 years, the longest of any vehicle we’ve owned and registered it in four states during its time with us.
We purchased it in Pennsylvania. When we moved to New Jersey, the Beetle came with us. We brought both of our newborn kids home from the hospital in it.

I took the car on many business trips. I remember a winter drive to Agawam, MA where I gave a talk at a Society of Plastics Engineers meeting. After a few post-lecture rounds of drinks at the bar, I walked to the parking lot and found that my VW Beetle cranked so slowly that it barely started. A few minutes later, the radio announced that the local temperature was minus 22 degrees. But the little Volkswagen eventually fired up and I chugged back to my motel in the crisp snow.

We towed it across country when we moved from New Jersey to Oregon. I piloted my VW Scirocco, pulling our VW Beetle behind with a tow bar. Once we passed Chicago, I felt pretty lonely – very few ‘furrin’ cars. It seemed like every vehicle in Nebraska was a big Ford LTD. Or Chevy Caprice. Upon our arrival in Corvallis OR, the 1967 Bug was used daily for errands and such.

FOR SALE — L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle.

FOR SALE — L282 Lotus White '67 Beetle.

Fresh to the market here at 1967beetle.com. This L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle is as unique as the vintage Volkswagen Beetle itself. There’s one item on this car that really stands out. Can you see it? Now? Look closer at the info below and join in the conversation.

Beautiful Comprehensive Restoration Throughout On This Locally Owned Beetle.

Straight, Solid Body With Excellent Panel Fit. Refinished In Cream White And All New Weatherstripping. Excellent Glass And Stainless Moldings. Immaculate Stock Red Interior With An Added Audivox AM-FM-Cassette Stereo And Underdash CB Radio. “BZ” Code 1600cc 4 Cylinder Engine With Stock Intake And Exhaust. 4 Speed Manual Transmission. Stock Style Steel Wheels With Chrome Hub Caps.

All The VIN#’s Match On The Floor, Tag And Title.

Very Well Restored Car That Runs Strong And Drives Tight.

Status: For Sale
Mileage: Unknown
Location: Renton, Washington,
Price: $12,500
Contact: 425-228-2277 | Memory Lane Motors

David Samuels L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

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Hello, ’67 Beetle community. It’s emails like these from reader David Samuels that help me appreciate the ’67 Beetle that much more. It’s such a special one year only car.

Greetings. I really enjoy 1967beetle.com – it inspired me to buy my wife a 67 Zenith Blue a few months ago. She drove her grandfather’s Beetle all through high school, and she loves it. It’s a solid driver and I have gotten it well sorted mechanically, but I would like to get the body and interior in top condition. It had a respray a few years back, and there is some overspray but overall it’s a decent paint job. There’s bondo in the front right fender and a little bit of surface rust on the rear fender. The interior paint is tired and chipped here and there, but I think it could be touched up nicely without a full paint job.

Thanks so much,
David Samuels

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SOLD — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

s-l1600Fresh to the market here at 1967beetle.com. This L639 Zenith Blue ’67 is a really nice example of a few personal touches here and there, but mostly a stock car. How often do you see the correct Zenith Blue running boards? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With that said, take a look below. Who’s going to make an offer?

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 67,773
Location: Amherst, New Hampshire
Price: $18,000
Contact: Bidding on eBay  |  (603) 660-6987