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.

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The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs for going on 40 years. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are 76 years old 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 2 years ago

Sweet score! Love these stories!

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Donna

about 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Thats why I go to garage SALES

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Sam Glenn

about 2 years ago

I love it. Proud for you, Beth.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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