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Todd Van Winkle’s Standard ’67 Beetle

Hello, friends. My apologies for not being able to showcase the backlog of so many great ’67 Beetle stories from around the world in a more timely manner. Growing a business is a lot of work!

Let’s shine some light on Todd’s Standard Beetle, which is a follow up from Jay’s earlier mention of David Brown’s “standard standard.” Speaking of Jay, lets all give him a round of applause for keeping the lights on here at 1967beetle.com, so to speak. Thanks, Jay! We appreciate and admire your knowledge and never ending love for the ’67 Beetle community.

I had painted a friends bug some years back, he gave me this strange 67′ as payment. I went to look at it, I noticed oddities about it that were not standard issue on a regular 67. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but she was definitely not as nice as the 67 we had when I was a teen.

The first thing I noticed was the floor covering, any beetle enthusiast knows of the rubbery type bumpy covering attached to the back seat and in the luggage area. This material was covering the heater channels, and the kick panels, also covering the chassis hump. Definitely no square weave here!

Littler strange things I noticed… One horn grill…A fuel reserve lever like my 56′ has..only one sunshade, and a cool little white plug where the hole is. No Wolfsburg crest on the horn button, just a black disc is fitted. No chrome strip on the glovebox, no ring around the speedo. Only a partial headliner is fitted, not covering the pillar posts or underneath the side windows, just a gray length of plastic covering the seam on the pillar. It just looked so cool with more original paint showing than usual.

I had to research this strange bug. She was a “Sparkafer”, or Standard beetle. No frills with this car! Somewhere I had read that there was a recession in Germany in 67, and Mr. Heinz Nordhoff just had these Standard, cheaper bugs built just to get a product out of the doors, and money for the company!!

She needed a complete resto, I did everything myself in my little one car garage…floors, heater channels, bodywork, built the 40 horse engine..and I painted it the original Ruby Red.

Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Club Show — Gavin LaMaide


Our good friend, Gavin LaMaide sent this gem over earlier this morning. It looks like he had a great time with the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Club! Thanks to all around the world that support Lane Russell.

As Jay and I always say, it’s the ’67 Beetle community that makes 1967beetle.com what it is. Thank you!

SOLD — L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Fresh to the market here at 1967beetle.com, we have a very respectable L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle. Taking a deeper look, this ’67 has both correct German front and rear bumpers. Did I mention how hard those rear overrider tubes are to source? Also, you’ll notice the one year only safety knobs and AM Sapphire V radio. We all know how hard those are to come by. The car hasn’t been abused, chopped, lowered, etc. Restore it back to 100% factory, or drive and enjoy as is. Info below from the seller.

“I don’t know much about the history of this car. It’s a blue 1967 VW beetle. I bought it from an auctioneer friend who obtained it from an estate he was auctioning off. It was kept in a barn and he was able to crank it right up and drove it home after installing a new battery. I replaced the tires which were showing signs of dry rot and had the brakes fixed. I replaced the wiper arms which were missing and bought new floor mats.

The engine appears to have been replaced at some point in time as it is not original to this year model. The interior is in great condition with no apparent holes or tears in the seats or headliner. The interior carpets are all intact and the floor boards are solid. The original radio is still intact but an aftermarket radio has been mounted under the dash. The odometer shows 00967. ( I’m sure it has rolled over at least once) It cranks easily and runs great. I bought it for my daughter and she likes to drive it around on our farm but doesn’t feel comfortable out on the highway. (She named it Oliver after the character on the Arrow) I hate to sell it, but I don’t have the time or money to give it the attention it deserves. I have 2 kids about to graduate and head off to college. It has a clear Alabama title.”

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 00,967
Location: Alabama
Price: $6,500, OBO
Contact: Virgil Brasher – 205-368-0698

Vintage VW Sunroof Rebuild

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Sunroof Rebuild

This article was submitted by reader and ’67 enthusiast Jeremy GoodspeedThank you very much for your contributions to 1967beetle.com.

Starting in 1965 VW changed the sunroof design for deluxe Beetles from a sliding ragtop design to a metal sunroof which requires a crank of a handle to open and close.  Although the sunroof was smaller in overall size, it was much quieter, smoother and more secure than the older design.

As with any rebuilding project, preparation is vital for a successful rebuild.  Although very difficult to find today, I was fortunate enough to have purchased just about every part necessary for the rebuild many years ago.  NOS sunroof parts are just about extinct today, and if you’re lucky enough to find a part, you will pay a heavy price.

SOLD — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Listed for our friends over at BaT, this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is an example of period correct along with a few modern upgrades. Also, SB12 Headlights! Who’s going to make an offer?

This 1967 Volkswagen Beetle is a restored example powered by a 1600cc dual-port flat-four paired to a 4-speed manual. Purchased in 2015, the seller has carefully finished the restoration by addressing originality details, and has driven it 3k miles since completion. The body was restored and painted in original Zenith Blue previously and shows well with good chrome. The restored interior is in very nice condition with fresh German materials and a working original Sapphire V radio. A complete tune up was just done which also included an oil change, valve adjustment, a Pertronix ignition, and new alternator. It comes with books, receipts from the seller’s ownership, transferable California black plates, and a clean Oregon title.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 1,300
Location: Oregon
Price: Bidding on BaT
Contact: Bidding on BaT