Our interest in people and their ’67 Beetles has travelled deep into Europe for this story. Linas Barščevičius lives in Lithuania. He has restored this ’67 and rallies it annually.
There are so many VW Beetles in the world. And every car and it’s driver have their own story. This is my story how I became a Beetle owner and a fan of classic VWs.
As far as I remember myself, I‘ve always been interested in old cars and automotive history. My profession and my everyday work are also closely connected with cars but the new ones. So, the idea of having my own oldtimer was just a matter of time and an acceptable offer.
Some years ago I started to work at Volkswagen importer office of Lithuania and got an opportunity to meet the guys from Lithuanian Beetle Club. I saw their passion to old VW cars and this encouraged me to study history of Beetle more deeply. And I was intrigued by the story of this car which was initiated by Adolf Hitler and executed by genius engineer Ferdinand Porsche. So, I stated to dream about having a pre-1967 Beetle.
One thing made my dream come true in a shorter period of time. It was my 10th wedding anniversary and my wife made me a surprise – a ride on T2 bus which was owned by President of our Beetle Club. Very soon after that, he sent me an internet link of sales ad. And I finally found what I was looking for – a nice Beetle Deluxe produced in January 1967. It stood in Austrian mountain town and was slightly damaged in an accident. Unfortunately, somebody bought it faster than me.
It was a lovely autumn day here in England, the trees are changing and the light in the afternoon is golden. I took this opportunity to give my ’67 a run up to Knightshayes Court, a stately home near my parents. It was met with quite a few people of a certain age (over 60) flocking over to have a look.
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.
In the US, UK and Europe, we take for granted that most parts can be purchased locally. When these parts are hard to get, we use the wide variety of vendors to get our restorations just right. Pavan Kadam has pursued his passion for vintage Volkswagens in his home country of India. Parts are very hard to come by. But, determination and ingenuity means that once again his 1967 beetle breathes new life.
My Name is Pavan Kadan, I live in Namma Bengaluru, India. The photo below shows how my ’67 VW Beetle looked the day I bought it. It was laying (rusting away) in a workshop for 15 years. The car was registered as a
- September 1967 VW Beetle
- Engine: 1500CC
- Power: 54 DIN
- Type: Right Hand Drive
- Engine: Air/Oil cooled-Flat 4
’67 beetles could be seen as one of the most exclusive models; so many were made and so many have lasted.
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What struck me is, there isn’t a definitive list of the best places to get parts for ’67 beetles. Sure, you could go to your local parts place and get some cheap heater channels, a bumper and some floor pans but would they last like they should, and would they be correct?