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Chris Vallone’s L518 Java Green ’67 Beetle

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Hello, ’67 Beetle community.
As we mentioned in an earlier thread, our good friend Chris Vallone over at Classic VW Bugs in NY has just finished restoring a ’67 Beetle. (Over 80 photos!) This car is a gem and we wanted to give it another showcase.  It’s even got an NOS correct rear bumper. Amazing!

This car was found in North NJ in mid 2012. It’s rock solid, and needed very little body work.  This is a numbers matching Body, Chassis, Motor, ’67 Beetle.

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Kevin Gabor’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Another look back into the archives. There are so many great stories shared at 1967beetle.com about the one and only ’67 Beetle. Kevin’s car is a fantastic example.

Hello, my name is Kevin Gabor. The story of the ’67 beetle that I now own goes back to my high school years. When I was 17 starting my senior year, my Dad let me “co-own” his green ’71 VW beetle. For my entire senior year he would let me drive to and from work and school. This is the car that my Dad taught me to drive in. My wife Stephanie also drove a beetle to school – a ’66 off-white sun roof. She too learned to drive in her ’66 VW.

After I graduated high school in ’82, I went into the United States Air Force, Dad took possession back of the ’71 green beetle and sold it and by the time I came home from basic training.  I was bitten by the “bug” again and was soon looking for another VW beetle.  I sold a motorcycle (so glad I did that) and used the money to scour Fayetteville, North Carolina where I was stationed. I found a ’66 sea foam green VW beetle and paid $450 for it.  This was my daily driver for 8 years and was a slow project car – nickel and dime replacement parts here and there.

An interesting story with my ’66 bug was when my wife and I were driving it home from Chattanooga, TN to Fayetteville, NC. In the pouring rain, our already extremely slow 6 volt windshield wiper motor “died”. We had seen on TV that potatoes have basically the same water repelling properties as “Rain-X”. Around Atlanta we stopped and bought a handful of potatoes. For the next 400 miles while driving down the interstate in the pouring rain, we would lean out our windows every 20 minutes and wipe the windshield with a fresh slice of potato so we could see (and yes – it really works).

When I was leaving the Air Force in ’92 I sold the ’66 bug because I didn’t want the hassle of dragging a spare car all the way home to Chattanooga, TN. For 20 years I regretted selling the ’66 beetle. I had a spot in my heart for another VW beetle and since my wife too was a VW person convincing her that it was time to start seriously looking for another VW beetle was not hard to do. We both have fond memories of riding around together as teenagers in our VW beetles. I started seriously looking on Craig’s list for a VW – anything before a ’72 but preferably something  before ’68 was in my sights. She and I took a few road trips to check out a few VW beetle ads only to be disappointed in what we saw when we got there. We even drove from Chattanooga, TN, Atlanta, and Macon, GA; spent the night in a hotel to see a brown ’66 beetle the next morning – only to again be let down and to drive all the way back home – “beetle-less”. I kept looking on Craig’s list and spotted this beautiful ’67 Savannah beige beetle – I called the owner about the car/price but she was unwilling to budge on the price which I thought was a little steep. Now looking back I realize, a 45 year old VW beetle not needing a restoration job at all and probably 90 percent original in extremely good condition – the price was very reasonable. We drove about 50 miles to go see the car – and when we saw it, the “chemistry” began to happen- then we sat in it and it was like stepping back in time – the VW “smell” was there along with the interior and exterior that was completely unmolested and in excellent condition down to the Sapphire V AM radio. I fell in love with it. I made her an offer, she accepted and we drove it home mid May 2012. It now sits garaged and babied and it is by far my most favorite vehicle I’ve ever owned.

SOLD – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

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The 1967beetle.com inbox has exploded this morning! So many people have sent over this L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle that we wanted to share. It’s actually a customers car which is now available for sale. Our friends at BAT have the bids going strong. Who’s going to make an offer?

This 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan recently underwent a thoughtful restoration by the current owners, which included a refreshed 1500cc engine, new paint, and new interior. The car was purchased from the original owner’s son nine months ago, where it had been sitting in the Borrego Springs desert for over 20 years. Mechanical systems were gone through and refreshed, with NOS replacement parts used whenever possible. No records from prior ownership exist, however the owners have included over $13k in receipts from the project. Detailed photos of the restoration process have been provided, and the car carries a clean California title.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: Unknown
Location: San Diego, CA
Price: Bidding at BAT
Contact: Private seller

Ed & Janet Howle’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Get Ready to Rally — Ed and Janet Howle

An older article featured here at 1967beetle.com. Jay and I recently exchanged a few emails with Janet, so I wanted to put this fantastic story in the spotlight once again.

Where do you go in your ’67 beetle? Cruise down to the mall… Maybe hit the beach? or maybe rally around the world….when you retire..! Meet Ed and Janet Howle who could give us all a run for our money and then do it all over again!!

We bought our VW Blue Type 1, 1967 Beetle, Stewball, with the hope that we could win The Great Race, an around-the-world antique car rally which was to start in NYC on February 12, 2008, and go west across the U.S. The cars would be shipped from San Francisco to China, and then cross China, Kazakhstan, Russia and, Europe. We would drive 14,000 miles before we ended in Paris. Great Race Inc. was offering a $1,000,000 purse. We were highly motivated. Why did this event start on February 12? Because this was 100 years to the day of the famous 1908 race which is still the only true car race from New York to Paris.

Why did we pick the 1967 VW Beetle? All rallies have somewhat different rules, but to enter this one, the car had to be at least 40 years old. Since the start was in February, the car would have to negotiate winter snow and ice both crossing the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and similar conditions in Siberia. The Beetle with its rear engine and rear-wheel drive seemed like a good choice. In addition, the ‘67 has a 12 volt electrical system and a 1500 cc engine. I had owned three Type 1 VWs and two Karmann Ghias. During the competition, I would have to do most repairs and service myself. A fast car was not the goal, a reliable one was, this was a rally, an endurance time and distance precision event, with hidden check points, not a race.

From previous rallies I knew that preparation was the key to endurance driving. I had every system gone over by my VW guru, Bob Hicks of Hick’s VW Service in Durham, North Carolina who only services and repairs air-cooled VWs. I made several modifications which were allowed by Great Race. I replaced the engine with a 2005 new 1600 cc South American engine and added the required fire extinguisher. I took out the back seat, made boards to cover the floor and batteries and with Bob’s input assembled the spare parts I thought I might need. In the U.S. these parts are available new and I felt this was good money spent. My list included; carburetor, fuel pump, distributor, generator, plugs, fan belt, control cables, jacks, and tires. Each car had to carry a driver and navigator and everything we needed for the trip. Janet began to worry there would be no room for clothes and the other essentials to keep us groomed, civilized, and healthy. Jan also insisted on adding a porcelain flower vase to the dashboard in which she put a fresh flower every morning of the rally.

I made three other modifications. Great Race Inc. required a super accurate (expensive) rally speedometer. Fortunately it fit exactly in the space where my standard VW speedometer fit.

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SOLD — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle Sunroof

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Fresh to the market here at 1967beetle.com; we have a very nice L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle Sunroof for sale. The seller has included a lot of good information. I love seeing ’67 Beetles that are mostly correct. As you know, many of the one year only parts are very hard to find. I know from my own restoration that it took well over 10 years to find them all. Did I mention that this ’67 Beetle is a sunroof?!

Status: SOLD
Mileage: Unknown
Location: Breinigsville, PA
Price: $15,500
Contact: 610.398.9700

The ubiquitous Volkswagen Beetle hardly needs an introduction. With over twenty-one million built over a span of 65 years, the Beetle has charmed its way into cultures the world over. From its beginnings as a German peoples car in the late 1930s to the Brazilian and Mexican built taxicabs of the 2000s, VWs most iconic car went through a myriad of changes though the shape remained as familiar as ever. In the 1960s, a series of refinements were made to improve performance, handling, and safety. Most notably perhaps was the increase in size of the windows all around. Engines grew from 1200 to 1500 cc and now put out 54 horsepower, which is plenty to get this little bug up to 60mph with ease. Another big change came in the form of a 12V electrical system which was more reliable and powerful, much better suited to every day driving. The 1967 Beetle is an interesting car, in that considering all of the years the Beetle was in production, many parts on the 67 are one-year-only, making them an interesting novelty among VW enthusiasts.

RB Collection is very pleased to offer this charming and delightful 1967 VW Beetle Sunroof coupe. This is a very well-kept car that does not appear to have been fully restored, rather it has been well maintained, with some light restoration work done as-necessary. The body is very solid, with excellent floors, fenders and running boards. The paint, Zenith Blue, is in good condition, showing a few flaws and imperfections that are consistent with a well-loved original car. The exterior trim is similarly good with a couple of minor flaws in the alloy trim and the bumpers, while straight and complete show a bit of peeling at the joints of the overrider bars. Again, these flaws are nothing alarming and do nothing to detract from the charm of this wonderful car. The interior is excellent with what appear to be original seats and door panels. Receipts show the headliner was replaced some time ago, and oatmeal carpets line the footwells along with rubber mats. The sunroof works nicely and the doors shut beautifully with a solid feel.