Beetle Stories Posts

Hermann Bonasch’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle Legacy

Hermann and Marcia at lunch Brittany garage with Carol

This is a special ’67 Beetle story from our good friend, Tom Griffin. But more importantly, it’s about Hermann Bonasch who was the original owner of this small wonder. Hermann recently made his journey home to heaven on July 6, 2015. I’d like everyone to pause for a moment of silence in his honor. The ’67 Beetle community around the world is thinking about you today.

Hermann was the original owner of the ’67 Beetle that sits in my garage. It was in that Beetle that his three kids learned to drive, learned how to experiment, and learned how many kids can fit into a Bug. Hermann Bonasch was a veterinarian when he purchased the car in 1967, and was soon to marry his dear wife, and lifelong champion, Marcia. At his memorial service, it was a treat to hear more about Hermann through the eyes of his friends, colleagues, and family. Many recalled how Hermann spoke clearly and directly; many more recalled how his actions were kind and purposeful. All told of a remarkable man.

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Edwin Nazario’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Edwin Nazario

Just sent over by a Lane Russell customer, Edwin Nazario, in Bayamón Puerto Rico, this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is a fantastic example of a restoration done well. It also makes me really happy to know that we are slowly connecting ’67 Beetle owners all over the world.

Hello, I am Edwin Nazario from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. I am the owner of this Beetle 1967. It was evaluated by A. A. C. A. in the National Winter Meet in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and won the First Junior Place. At this time the car is in The Museum of Transportation for three months. I’m honored to be a part of the ’67 Beetle community.

Mary & Gavin LaMaide’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

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Mary & Gavin’s story is an emotional one with a fantastic connection to the past. Seeing the early childhood photos reminds me of my own story, and how I grew up riding in my Grandpa’s ’67 Beetle that I now own today. Thanks for sharing, guys! exist because of people like you.

It was through a search on EBay Motors in early May 2015 that we happened upon our 1967 VW Beetle. The car was originally purchased at North Import Motors in Chicago, Illinois where it remained with the original owner until just a few years ago. The death of the original owner, who lived to the age of 100, saw the “mostly” original 67’ Beetle bought & sold to a few neighbors until it came to us as its fourth owner with 82,500 original miles.

We were immediately impressed to see ALL of the one year ’67 model parts intact, even the infamous dust cover on the rear deck lid latch! According to the VIN our bug was born in October of 1966 in West Germany. The only thing that we have replaced is a period correct AM/FM Sears radio with an original Sapphire V radio made for this Volkswagen sourced on Ebay.

The transient smell of the coconut fiber seat pads and the forty eight years of patina on the headliner further confirmed that the interior is absolutely original! As you can see in the photos, we added some 1967 VW “bling” courtesy of Lane Russell in the form of the Bambus tray, a Roof Rack, and Hub Cap pullers. In addition, an aftermarket vase adds a bit of flare to the quaint dash area. Along with new brakes, the exterior and rims were painted in 2009 and we have plans to return the rims to their original black and white this winter. We are in the process of acquiring some vintage luggage, cooler, and other nostalgic VW antiquities to compliment the floor pans and battery tray which are original to the vehicle with no holes or rot . It goes without saying we are blessed to have found a wonderful 67’ Beetle that was revered and cared for her last 48 years by previous owners. We are proud to carry on the legacy of our ’67 Beetle as we make her “road ready” for the car show circuit in Northern Michigan and specifically the Traverse City area where we reside.

Chris Ryder’s Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Ryder's Euro '67 Bleh

It’s rare here at that we see a car as rare as this. Chris Ryder’s Euro ’67 Beetle is a time capsule. Apparently, it even still has German air in its original tires.

I’ve owned this ’67 since about 1985.  I bought it from the original owner in Germany. I still have the original German Kraftfarzeug brief with the original owner signature and factory info about car. This car is so original that it still have the 5 original tires that it came with new from the factory, and all 5 still hold air.  It now has about 29K kilometers total mileage since new. Absolutely everything on the car is as original and untouched.  No rust (except surface rust on heater boxes and muffler), no accidents, no paint or interior mods.

Best regards,

Sean Hart’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Sean Hart’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Just sent over by Sean Heart in NY, this L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle is a fantastic example of a restoration done well. It also makes me really happy to know that we are slowly connecting ’67 Beetle owners all over the world.

Hello, On July 12 ,2015, I participated in the Connecticut Volkswagen Association (CVA) 11th Annual Volks-Meet 2015 in West Brook, Connecticut which I am a member, ( I live in New York) and also a member of another Great Club the Long Island Volkswagen Club. (New York) I would like to mention what a nice turn out and what a hard working club. To make a long story short, I jumped on a Ferry out of Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday afternoon and landed in Connecticut. I then hopped on 95 North to a campsite recommended by the club. I set up camp and had a good night sleep. Then, I drove to the show site. VW time! I wiped the road dust off my 1967 VW Beetle and check out all the other cars and meet with fine New Englander’s and had great conversations and seen some beautiful cars..

Well, to much of my surprise when they were announcing the awards. I won Best in Class for VW Beetle 1953 to 1967. YAHOO!! My 1967 Savannenbeige L620 was the Big Winner !! Well, thanks to Dave out in Oregon who restored the car, and for the parts that I have purchased from Lane Russell. I must admit the car is a real head turner in this neck of the woods. I am looking forward to showing it off this summer at shows and can’t wait for Chris Vallone to have his Fall ride through the Mountains of upstate New York

Sean Hart
Nesconset, New York