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Kim Lawson’s ’67 Beetle

Kim Lawson’s ’67 BeetleHello
I’ve been enjoying this site for several years now. Thought I might share my bug with you. First of all I’m a wife and mom to 2 boys, 20 and 24. I bought my first bug, a 1975 Super Beetle in 1996. It needed work of course but it was solid, I did most of the work myself with the exception of the paint.

My then 8 year old son learned to drive a stick shift in that bug. After a few years I decided to sell it. Then a few years ago, I got the “bug” again. I found a 67 Beetle on Ebay for $800. This was 4 years ago. I was “bug dumb” and didn’t realize it had as much rust as it did. It was in a field with grass growing tall around it. You can’t fool me now, I know where to look for problems. Anyway, we brought it home and I almost decided to junk it and start over. It was very rusty. But I didn’t. After much work, it has turned out to be a nice little bug. I had the engine rebuilt and some body work and the paint done at a local shop. Other than that, it was all done at home.

If I could sell and start over again, I would. Even though the bug is basically stock except for the paint and wheels, I want a stock bug. And next time would be so much easier since I’ve learned how things go together now. I’ve attached some pictures too below

Kim Lawson

Bernard Helman’s ’67 Beetle

 Bernard Helman's '67 Beetle

Huge kudos to my very good friend Jay Salser for his editing on this article. It was crafted by Bernard Helman in his own words. Our growth has been amazing, and the fact that these great cars keep surfacing.. Slowly, we’re connecting ’67 owners globally.
-Eric Shoemaker

This 67 convertible is mine since 1987. It was a secondhand car in a very good looking condition, matching numbers.

My daily driver was a 68 Chinchilla gray 1500 bug and I wanted a summer car. This convertible beetle was the car I wanted because It was looking like my 68 and was red. A few dollars for the seller and the vert was mine.

As the headlights where in a bad condition, I went with the VIN number at the local VAG garage for a new pair. At my surprise, they told me that according to my VIN the headlights must be oval. In fact, the whole car had been upgraded in the 70’s when the big bumper beetles were more valuable than the older models. The typical front and rear 67 parts (front hood and rear decklid) had been changed with parts from an orange big bumper car. The left door was from a blue super beetle, the dash knobs were a mix of 67 and older models. All the rest was 67.

In 1988, the car was restored to the old VW look, the floorpans and front wings changed. A copy of a 67 vert rear deckled was fabricated. As I couldn’t find back than a decent 67 front hood, I installed one from an older car. The heather channels are still original and in good condition.

According to the birth certificate, my car is from November 66, ruby red with black interior and black roof. It has disc brakes, 4 lug wheels, dual brake system and the 12V option. Originally destined for export and according to the certificate, for Norway, the car was sold in Belgium.

Vintage Volkswagen — The People’s Car


Tom’s article (below) speaks to why I believe has a been a successful effort. These cars have such a rich, emotional connection in people’s lives. Kudos to everyone that’s keeping these old gems on the road today.

The people’s car is really about the people, and we had a grand assemblage of people over at my house for a “body-on” party. The ’67 Beetle that my daughter, Becca, and I are restoring, named “Bucky,” was finally going to get its body put back onto its chassis. I know, it’s about a 5-minute exercise, but it seemed a good reason to have a party. The evening got off on the right foot as Tony Mace, owner of Beetle Power in Pleasanton, showed up in his black Baja Bug.

Tony Mace Baja Bug

Then Joe Blackman, owner of Castro Valley Autohaus, and my buddy Matt Brown came driving up in Joe’s beautifully restored 1962 VW Beetle, both of them styling with the top down and arms resting on the doors as the sun sunk over the horizon.

Joe Blackman VW Beetle with Family

We had Italian antipasta and drinks in the garage and everyone was getting acquainted, or re-acquainted. Joe hadn’t seen Tony since the 1980’s when Tony was a young racer and mechanic working at his dad’s shop in Hayward. Joe and Tony are at opposite ends of the VW spectrum. Joe is refined and showroom detailed, and Tony is more effusive and horsepower-driven. They are both extremely knowledgeable about Volkswagen history, and both as honest as the day is long. Tony re-built Bucky’s engine from the ground up, and it’s a masterpiece.

Ignatios Doukakis’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Ignatios Doukakis's L282 Lotus White '67 Beetle
They say a photo is worth a thousand words. In this case, it might be the most photos of a single submission in the history of Ignatios Doukakis of Greece shares his very special ’67 Beetle restoration story with the world. The ’67 Beetle community is very happy to have you here. (Edited by Jay Salser)

I have loved Beetles since I was a student at Northeastern University, and I always had wanted to buy one. When I returned to Greece, I found a 1950 Karmann Beetle Convertible and began restoring it. Following that car, I had a succession of Volkswagens: a 1963, then a 1971, a 1968 and then a 1969, which became my daily driver.

Finally, I found a 1967!

The car had been owned from new by a doctor. He sold it to me because he could not drive it anymore. Even though I have two other Beetles, the 1950 Convertible and the 1969, the 1967 model was a car that I always had wanted. I started rebuilding it in January, 2013, and completed it in October, 2014.

Τhe engine is the original 1300cc and I only had it serviced. The painting was done by a friend. The upholstery and carpets were replaced, the electrics refreshed and the wheels painted. This is the 1967 that I always have wanted! All that remains is to keep my promise to take the former owner for a ride in my new car! I am very happy that I now own these three cars.

I want to thank my wife and my son for their patience during all of the hours away from them while I was restoring the Beetle.

Old & New — L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

L633 VW Blue '67 Beetle
Submitted by a reader of, (photographer unknown) noting makes me happier than seeing a freshly restored L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle. Errr, but wait.. Am I seeing this correctly? Only half the car has been brought back to its former glory.

This appears to be a CA VW show, so the car is most likely used as a capabilities showcase piece. (WCM?) Again, I do love the fresh paint. However, at the same time I have to look at the original patina and wonder about its past. Where did the car go? What things did it see. Patina has a way of capturing time. Which do you like better?

L633 VW Blue '67 Beetle