This is a special ’67 Beetle that belonged to your grandfather?
My ’67 Beetle was stored in my grandparent’s basement for as long as I can remember. My grandma died when I was 25, and before she passed she asked if I had an interest in taking the ’67. Of course, I said yes.
After the dust settled, one weekend, I went down to their house to see what it needed to get back on the road. I pushed it out of the garage after 30 plus years of sitting idle. It was out of gas along with brake fluid. The brakes also badly needed adjusting. After these simple items were taken care of, it only took a quick bump of the key to ignite her back to life. There’s something really amazing about that.
What do you know about the history of the car?
My grandfather purchased it from an older woman long ago. He drove it for a few years and then parked it.
How long had it been in storage?
Over 30 years.
What are your restoration plans?
I plan to keep it 100% stock.
What are some of the challenges you have faced so far?
Dealing with the DMV.
In your opinion, what makes the ’67 Beetle so unique?
All of these one year only parts. Luckily, the car is complete. I don’t think much is really missing.
What is your take on doing a 100% stock restoration vs. non stock?
I’m a firm believer that a stock ’67 Beetle will always bring a higher value than one that is not.
What advice would you give to anyone restoring a ’67 Beetle?
Well, I’m new to this. So far, I’d say keep it stock and buy the best quality German parts you can find.
Thanks, Brian, for sharing your story with 1967beetle.com.