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Julian Stewart’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Another fascinating ’67 vintage Volkswagen Beetle story. This one comes from a reader of 1967beetle.com across the pond. Like my own ’67, it’s heart warming to hear stories of original owners and their relationship with their old VWs. After all, they don’t call it the “small wonder” for nothing.

Photos, video and more on this great story here. © Jil Mcintosh

“Purchased on June 23, 1967, the little Beetle came to $2,322.85: a base price of $1,998, plus a $100 sunroof, $85 radio, and $14.95 for rustproofing, a $15 license fee and five per cent sales tax. Stewart estimates it’s worth about $20,000 today.

Montreal’s Expo 67 exhibition was the big draw in Canada’s centennial year, and Stewart drove it there. The following year, he and his wife Margaret took it to Los Angeles for a vacation, travelling mostly along Route 66. The trip covered 7,600 miles (12,231 km) and cost $76 in fuel.”

FOR SALE – L19K Yukon Yellow ’67 Beetle


Sent over by a reader of 1967beetle.com, this is a respectable L19K Yukon Yellow ’67 Beetle. As we all know, a “correct” car is getting harder and harder to come by these days. It would not take much at all to make this vintage Volkswagen perfect. What do you guys think? Join in the conversation below.

Info from the seller.
This Florida based 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is a neat car, very stock overall. It features quite a bit of originality. It has been very nicely detailed up and shows very well indeed.

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: N/A
Location: Florida
Price: $25,000, OBO
Contact: Randy  |  951-767-1600

SOLD – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Jay and I are in contact (sometimes) daily about the ’67 Beetle market. We joke a lot too. Reason? So many vintage VW’s are chopped up, lowered, and missing many if not all of their correct parts. Well, not this time. This L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle is as close perfect as it gets. Sure, a few usual suspects in the engine have been changed (Pierburg fuel pump, etc). But, it would not take much at all to make this gem perfect. Look at those correct color running boards, and fender beading. Who’s going to make an offer?

Info from the seller.
You are viewing what may be the best unrestored original vintage VW Bug in existence. We all know these great cars, were known for their reliability, gas mileage, and traction in snow, when most other cars didn’t make it home. No one I know or knew, kept these cars at home in the garage, and only used them occasionally on sunny days. I have over 150 photos of very remote areas, that I wish I could post, but eBay only allows 24, unless you attach your own site, which I don’t have. So, I’m posting a few of the outside, so you can see the original factory paint, and the dent and dimple free body. I’m also posting the remainder, of a small taste of remote areas, so you can appreciate the incredible original quality. Take a look at the original sound deadening material, on top of the floors, under the rubber floor mats. The upholstery looks new, all of it. I am probably the first guy, to open the original tool kit. I’ve also included a photo of the factory equipped seat belts, that are in excellent condition, that the original owner, replaced with modern units. This car will have you talking to yourself, and have you thinking, you just stepped out of a time machine. If this was a Porsche 356, the factory would be putting it in their museum.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 44,496
Location: Washington
Price: Bidding on eBay
Contact: Bidding on eBay

Chuck’s L41 Black ’67 Vert

Another fantastic ’67 Beetle for the world to see. 88,000 original miles; wow. If you own any vert, you know Chuck. Thanks, Jay for helping me pull this one together. What would 1967beetle.com do without him?

It was 1979 in Corona Del Mar California. I had been buying, “fixing-up” and selling VW Convertibles for 7 years ( the market always had been strong there). I had purchased many from other States for $100’s and sold them in Southern California for $1000’s.…..when, one day I was sitting at a stop light. A Black ‘67 Convertible Beetle turned left in front of me! I thought:

“This would be “The Ultimate ‘67”!

I thought that I knew all of the VW convertibles in town! I made a quick U turn, when traffic passed, but could not find the ‘67.

Two weeks later, I again saw it…..going the opposite direction. Another U turn and, like the last time, it was nowhere to be found.

A few weeks later, it popped up in our local paper:

“1967 VW Convertible black with red interior 78K miles $1975”

Well, I was the first one there to look at it since it was only 6 blocks from my house. It was owned by my mail man!

After a test drive and listening to the owner giving directions to 2 more people wanting to come see it, I bought it on the spot. That was 38 years ago.

Since then, I have done a few things to the ’67. I’ve repainted the exterior and replaced the original torn and faded early-style seat covers (they were rice grain centers with smooth sides). We hand-made these using the original seat covers as patterns. I rebuilt the engine using NOS 1500 pistons and cylinders from the local VW dealer. And, of course, I restored the top, using the early style with chromed brass trim which I purchased from a Dealer in 1980!

Over the years, I have located NOS correct sun visors, chrome top locks, interior mirror, German hub caps and beauty rings, SB 12 headlight rings, Hella lenses and door handles—just to name a few things which I’ve done to the car.

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.