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Hello, ’67 Beetle community. We’d like to let everyone know we have a special offer going on at Lane Russell for all ’67 Beetle owners and beyond. Here’s the perfect time to finally grab a set of ’67 beetle hubcaps, or put that correct and restored German Bosch 12V coil back in your pride and joy.

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It’s our way of saying thank you for all the support over the last 8 + years. Lane Russell grew out of the love and admiration for the ’67 Beetle, and the community here at 1967beetle.com. We can’t thank you enough.

– Eric + Amanda Shoemaker

Zac Porta’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Zac’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle is an honest example of brilliant design and simplicity. At 50 years old, it’s still doing what VW of old had intended it to do as his daily driver. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Zac!

I’ve been saying for years that I wanted another L620 ‘67. I owned one once, about 18 years ago. As I typically do though, I sold it in favor of some other beetle which has long since been sold. I purchased my car on February 19th of this year. I had known about it more than a year or so prior, but passed on it in favor of a road ready savanna beige ‘67 since I had no garage at the time to get it roadworthy. Not that I regretted the purchase of the other car(who’s body was a little rough), but I still wanted the one I was originally after. About February 12th or 13th, I got a text from my friend Brad with the link to the Samba listing of the car. I’m friends with the seller, so I immediately sent him a text expressing how I still wanted his car. His reply was, “buy it!”, but I’m married with two kids who had only four months prior purchased our first home, so I had to convince my wife that I was making a good decision.

Surprisingly, I was able to talk her into it and a week later the ‘67 was in my garage. The deal was that when I got the “new” car ready for daily driving, I was to sell the other car, so that’s what I did. I had vacation planned for a week in March and I spent a lot of that week in the garage, getting acquainted with my new to me Beetle. I was a bit rushed though, as I had struck a deal to sell the previous car before the new one was ready. The idea was to get the new car ready in a week, while still driving the previous car, and seamlessly transition to the new one. As is generally the case though, things didn’t go as planned. The car did run, but that was about it. The doors were in pieces, the wiring was a mess, the wiper motor was incorrect and not even in the car, the headlight switch was wired up, laying in the trunk and broken, it had a faceplate for the radio, but no radio, door panels for the front were missing, rear panels weren’t installed, three flat, dry rotted tires, no brakes, the list went on and on. So I got to work, replaced the brakes all around, tracked down a ‘67 wiper assembly, a Sapphire V radio that worked, and I even had a spare headlight switch, so that was also fixed. A friend of mine has a shop, so I got some new tires. I needed seatbelts for the rear since my two kids would be back there, installed them. Vacuumed the car out, replaced the rubber floor mats, removed all the add on old man accessories, put the doors together, installed some pop out rear windows I had laying around, tracked down the ‘67 seat belts I needed for the front, installed them, replaced the transmission mounts, replaced the engine compartment seals, new trunk seal, door seals, deck lid seal, bumper bracket and over rider support seals, swapped out the steering wheel in favor of a spare I had that was in better shape, installed the engine and it was ready for it’s first drive. It ran great, but would not idle. It didn’t have the correct carb, so I needed to track down a 30 PICT-1. Luckily, my family is into VWs as well and my stepdad had one. I had it rebuilt by the local VW guru, installed it, and it purred like a kitten.

FOR SALE – L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Fresh to the market here at 1967beetle.com, this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is a respectable, unmolested car. As we all know, the ability to purchase a true “one owner” vehicle is getting harder and harder to find these days. Zenith Blue has always been a desirable color.

Here’s the info we have from the seller. Again, folks. This is a one owner car. Original paperwork and license plates are included in the sale. Also, the correct H0 case engine!

I purchased my bug in 1967; the ’68 Beetle just came out. It was on the showroom floor sitting next to a ’67 tan bug and the new ’68s with the high back seats and wrap around bumpers. I liked the ’67 models so much better.

I am original owner and have original paperwork and license plates. My car has original paint and bumpers. The seats were recovered to original look. The engine is original with 148,022 miles. I was driving it to work most days until I retired 4 years ago. I still drive it occasionally but it mostly sits. It has been in the garage most of its life. When not garaged, it was covered. My car has some rear fender dents and some rust under the running board mats. Most likely other wear and tear from 50 years of driving. It is pretty much all original as far as I know. It has new exhaust pipe tips, which are not original, but look and sound better. Muffler is original. Radio is not original.

Status: For Sale
Mileage: 148,022
Location:
 Davis, CA
Price: $10,000, OBO
Contact: Jerri Ernstrom
General questions: Eric Shoemaker

FOR SALE – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle


After the vast amount of emails I’ve received about Michael’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle, we spoke in depth about his interest in listing it with 1967beetle.com. Yes, it is actually for sale! Here’s your chance to own a true museum piece. Period correct, and as original as the day it left the factory in Germany. This is a very special car.

Contact Michael below, if interested to learn more.

Status: For Sale
Mileage: 22,777
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Price: Inquire
Contact: Michael Young

This is a 1967 Volkswagen Deluxe Beetle Sedan VIN 117651175. The Beetle was manufactured April 21st 1967 in Wolfsburg Germany. The Beetle was originally purchased by Helen Eisele of Columbus, Ohio on May 23, 1967. She purchased it from the now closed Davidson-Green Volkswagen dealership located on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. Helen traded in a 1949 Chevy for $125 dollars to allow her to purchase the Beetle. I purchased the Beetle from then 78 year old Helen, on August 29, 1983 with 21,994 miles on the odometer. Helen was forced to sell the car because she could no longer push in the clutch pedal due to hip issues. The current mileage is 22,777. I purchased the Beetle when she was 16 years old and she just turned 50 this past April 21st 2017. I have clocked less than 800 miles on her over the past 34 years. She is very original including the original tires and new unused original spare tire.

The following is a list of parts that have been replaced or rebuilt since the car was manufactured in April of 1967. Some of these parts were replaced before I purchased it and some were replaced by me over the last 34 years.

SQL Server Crash – We’re Back

Hello, 1967beetle.com community.
You may have noticed the other day that some things around here were just not quite right. We had a SQL server crash that appeared to take the entire site down. While I’m still not 100% sure of the cause, I’m happy to say we’re back up and running. (Pun intended) From the crash, I realized the vast amount of data 1967beetle.com has collected over the past 9 years. So many stories, classifieds, and friendships that span the globe.

We’re here for all ’67 Beetle owners. Keep those stories & memories of these special cars coming. Thanks to all those that emailed to check in.

Eric Shoemaker  |  Co-Founder
Lane Russell • The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™
eric@lanerussell.com  |  Lanerussell.com