Beth Leverman’s ’67 Beetle Bumper Score

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We’ve been following Beth Leverman’s efforts at restoring her 1967 Beetle Sedan. I thought that the following was funny and unique enough to relate to 1967beetle.com.

Beth was out on a jog when she spied a garage sale along her route. Beth has been more of a big car person over the years until she caught the VW Bug. Seeing that there were automotive parts in the sale, she stopped and had herself a look.

Eventually she spied a VW bumper beneath a table. Upon closer inspection, she realized that it was a rear bumper. And…not only so, it was a correct 1967 rear bumper with the correct over riders.

She asked about the bumper “under the tables”. It was “Oh, that one?” sort of a thing. Beth said that “…those goofy guys didn’t want that Volkswagen part mixed in with their American parts…” so they had put it under the table.

They told her “$25 dollars.”

Beth couldn’t get her money out quickly enough. She latched onto that bumper and headed home. Herr Schmidt soon was adorned in proper style. I approve, don’t you?

I asked if she felt guilty enough to go back to give the guys a little extra for the part. She just smiled her sly little Beth Smile.

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™
The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs for over 41 years. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a ’67 Beetle and a ’68 Karmann Ghia.

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Ryan

about 3 years ago

Sweet score! Love these stories!

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Donna

about 3 years ago

I'd be jealous but I gave it up for Lent! Great job, Beth; gives us all hope!

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Larry

about 3 years ago

What a find! What a deal! Now what are the chances of that ever happening again? Great find.

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Jim Geddings

about 3 years ago

What a lucky find! I had a similar experience last year when I found a 67 rear bumper at a VW show that was in about 85% condition......no dents, but not perfect chrome. I had to shell out $70 for the lucky find.

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bob Ebert

about 3 years ago

Thats why I go to garage SALES

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Sam Glenn

about 3 years ago

I love it. Proud for you, Beth.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 years ago

I think we recently sourced some NOS '67 rear over riders for a client. $250. So.... You're a lucky gal!

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Jay Salser

about 3 years ago

Today, Eric sent me an advertisement for a nice-but-not-perfect complete rear bumper for a '67 Beetle--cost? $300 bucks plus shipping! Beth's experience goads us all to keep a sharp lookout for deals where we least expect them. I once was looking at some parts which a fellow was offering to me. When I asked if he had any other parts, he said that he had some bumpers and showed me a pair (earlier than '67) lying in the dirt. They were dirty. I asked the price--he told me $50 dollars. When I got them home I found them to be in such excellent condition that I put the front bumper onto a '65 Beetle that I owned at the time! jay

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Richard

about 3 years ago

Nice. Wow of a deal for certain. Feel guilty ???? This deal most likely helped to balance out the others she over paid on.... Lol Like my working, and compleat 67 radio at $25. Deal is a deal. Nice work Beth

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Beth

about 3 years ago

Luckily I was paying attention when Jay told me about what to look for in an original bumper. Still can't believe I found it. BTW, I talked him down 10 dollars. lol

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