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Brandon Barnard’s ’67 Beetle

old phone 236Hello, my name is Brandon Lee Barnard the proud owner of 1967 Beetle that I drive every day. One night during the spring of 2011, I was heading to the track for a run when I hit a black cow in my Jeep. I spent a lot of time trying to decide on my next car until I stumbled upon her at a storage lot in Marshall, VA. Once I saw her it was love at first site, and I have been using my ’67 as primary vehicle ever since.

My Grandmother gave me enough money to buy my first car in 1996, knowing that she would not see me graduate due to her passing away. My Dad and I found a 1973 Super Beetle in West Virginia for $1500. My father used this car to teach me how to drive a manual, which involved a lot of driving in reverse around the school parking lot. I remember when the accelerator cable broke, Dad drove it across town with weed eater line from his hand out the window to the engine. I had a blast and ended up meeting a girl that was the president of a local VW club named, “The Obsolete Few”. I had my new car for about a year, when I hydroplaned and ran into a fence. The picture shows where the post came through the windshield and speared my head rest. Thank God for the angels he had watching over me that day.

After a few months I started looking for another bug, when the back bumper of a beetle that was covered in a pole shed caught my eye. And next thing you know, I was the proud owner of a 1967 faded Ruby Red beetle. I had that car all over the roads until I through a rod right through the engine block. My Dad told me to leave it sit until it was repaired, and I was a dumb teenager that didn’t listen. I just made it out of the driveway when it happened so I asked my sister to help me push it back in the yard. My loving sister said no because I should have listened to dad. Lesson learned. After high school I joined the Navy as a Machinist Mate on the SSN Hyman G. Rickover. I started a toolmaker apprentice job with GRW technologies after leaving the military. There we made car parts for Bosch and was fortunate enough to be sent to Germany for training. Unfortunately the company was moving to another state so I got a job near DC working for a kitchen/ stair& rail company for ten years.

James Weber’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — James Weber

An older from 2012; I thought it deserved another moment in the spotlight here at 1967beetle.com.

The history of my ’67 bug starts long before I actually bought mine. My grandfather and grandmother both drove Volkswagens. They had a ’54 split window and then later a ’63. My father remembers playing behind the rear seat with his brothers. His uncles also all had VWs. They were allowed these cars because they were slow; they couldn’t race other cars and because they were cheap. My father actually drove a ’72 Super with late Porsche Fuchs on his wedding day.

My cousin was the one who truly got me into the VW scene. When I was about, 14 he sent me an email with a Blue ’72 Super Beetle that was for sale. From that moment on I had caught the bug. I earned money as fast as I could, and after about a year and a half I had enough to purchase my first ’67. By age 16, I went and looked a ’62, a ’64, a ’66. But none seemed to feel “right.” Then I got on the internet and saw and ad for a ’67.

Featured ’67 Beetle — James Weber

This one felt special. I went for it. It was in very original condition. I have most the parts that are unique to ’67 except I don’t have the original motor. The car was serviced by one shop and one owner since 1991.

I had plans to make it my own and give it my own personality. I wanted to go with a modified Cal Look. I daily drove the bug while I fixed it up. My friends loved the car very much and my dad always supported me.

Linas Barševičius Euro ’67 Beetle

Linas Barševičius Euro '67 Beetle
Recently shared with 1967beetle.com; Linas Barševičius, and his Euro ’67 VW Beetle.
Enjoy the short film.

In case you didn’t already know, the VW Beetle is one of the first rear-engined cars. With over 21 million manufactured (21,529,464) in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide. The ’67 Beetle is also considered the “best year.”

Kevin Machi’s ’67 Beetle

Kevin Machi
I grew up working on VWs in the 90’s. At the time it was cheap transportation that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to keep running. My first car was a 71 squareback. In addition to the squareback I’ve owned a 72 Ghia, a 62 Beetle, a 67 Beetle then finally a 66 15 Window Deluxe Microbus. I sold the bus many years ago shortly after my kids were born and the project became bigger than I had time to deal with.

Fast forward to recent years, My interest in VWs never passed and I finally found some funds to get back into the hobby. I found this 67 in 2012. The 67 Beetle was always my favorite, for many of the same reasons the visitors of this site have. My search criteria was simple, stock and unmolested, rust free. I went to inspect the Bug at night which caused me to overlook the pretty significant rust damage (you can see the work I had to do in the photos). In the end, I found a 1 owner car which was very original.

The car came with the original service record book which showed it was purchased at VW Moore – Rountrer in Memphis, TN, then later travelled to N. CA in 1976. The last dealer service record was on 3/2/78 at 84,009 miles.

I purchased the car from the 2nd owner that had had it only a few months before deciding to sell it. The story he gave me was that the original owner was the husband of a personal friend. When her husband died she let it sit under a tarp outside for many years before he approached her to purchase it. When he took ownership he changed the oil, put in a new starter and that was about it. It was never registered in the second owners name (which is a whole different story and challenge when it came to registering it in my name).

When I got it and started digging into it I realized that it needed quite a bit of work to get it driving shape. The biggest issue being the significant rust damage to the rear parcel tray and floor pans behind the front seats. I never had the intentions for a pan off, just a very nice, reliable, weekend cruiser.

FOR SALE — L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

cw_800Fresh on the market here at 1967beetle.com, this L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle is a nice find. One owner cars are getting harder and harder to come by. It would not take that much to make this one perfect.

“A true one owner car. It’s never been out of the state of California. All numbers matching , runs and drive great. Don’t miss out on this ’67 VW bug, which we all know is the best year ever made.”

Status: For Sale
Mileage: 77,000
Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Price: $17,990
Contact: (760) 458-6777