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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.

Phillip Hager’s ’67 Beetle

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Sent over by reader of 1967beetle.com, Phillip Hager. I love hearing stories like this, and am sure you’ll enjoy as well. What are the chances?!

Hey,1967beetle.com. I went to show today in San Francisco, CA. I could not believe my eyes! Parked next to me was another ’67, and the license plate numbers were one number off from mine.

-Phillip Hager

Kenneth Yeo’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Kenneth Yeo

Taking a look back into the archives, this story deserves another moment in the spotlight.

A Huge kudos to Jay Salser for his work on this article. It was crafted by Ken Yeo 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

Ken, tell the Readers of 1967Beetle.com a bit about yourself and where you are located.

I’m 40 this year, from Singapore. I’ve owned 4 bugs over the last 20 years, and my current 1967 for the last 15. I’ve had a ’71 1302, ’67 1300, another ’67 1300 and a ’66 1300.

How did you become interested in Volkswagens.

It was my 4 years at the University of Miami, Florida where I first was exposed to beautiful cars and fell for vintages almost immediately. Upon graduation and return to Singapore in 1995, I set out looking for a classic and found the VW bug most affordable, since I was conscripted into the Army and wasn’t paid well. Interest became passion, then obsession, and I’ve always owned at least one ever since.

Your car differs in some respects from those which were directly imported from Germany into the USA. Tell us about some of those differences.

Our ’67s are available only with 1300cc ‘F’ engines (much like the ’66), and retain the sloping headlights. As an ex-British colony, we are right hand drive (RHD). Our bumpers come with over-riders. Rear turn signal lamps are in orange instead of red, and reverse lights are excluded. A little mix-and-match of the US and European models, I would say.

Stephan Ruiz’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Submitted by a reader and customer of 1967beetle.com, Stephan Ruiz. (His car is featured in the film) This is probably one of the most beautiful shorts I’ve seen in a long time about the ’67 Beetle. It makes me proud knowing that there are so many great ’67 Beetles still out on the road. 1967beetle.com will continue to find them and showcase their unique stories.

Ubiquitous. This is the best word to describe the Volkswagen Beetle, which had over 21 million vehicles churned out during a 75-year production. Yet even with so many cars produced, one would still be hard pressed to find two Beetles customized in the same way. Maybe it is the idea of endless customization possibilities that endears so many to the Beetle, or perhaps it is that behind these cars there are no two owners alike. With every Beetle bought and sold comes a Volkswagen story.

Hayley Fulton’s Canadian ’67 Beetle

HaileyThe Beetle most Americans are familiar with is called the Deluxe. In Europe and Canada, Volkswagen offered a standard version of the Beetle which had minimal chrome, fewer luxuries, a less powerful engine and cost about 10% less. Although these are often referred to as “standard” models, Volkswagen preferred to call the trim line the “Custom”.

Since this trim differed from the Euro Standard models, especially in 1967, we specify them as Canadian Customs. A ’67 Canadian Custom typically came equipped with:

  • 1200 Engine
  • 12 Volt System
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • Upright Headlamps (The ’67 Euros still had the classic headlamps)
  • Headlamp Dimmer switch on the floor (left of the clutch)
  • Basic Steering Wheel (’67 was the first year to use the modern steering wheel as opposed to the 3-prong style)
  • Partial headliner
  • Back Windows did not open (sealed rubber)
  • Front Vent windows painted body colour, not chromed
  • No door-panel pockets
  • No dashboard grab bar
  • No door post assist straps
  • No radio
  • No dash trim
  • Black interior knobs
  • Small signal lever
  • No speedometer trim ring
  • No fuel gauge (reserve valve instead)
  • No exterior lock on passenger side
  • No dome light switches on doors
  • Gas heater (I am told that the small green light top/left of the speedo is the indicator light for the heater)
  • Many chrome pieces and bumper brackets were painted gray as opposed to being chromed.

It’s not uncommon for Canadian Customs to have add-ons installed at the dealership (or shortly after the purchase) to emulate the look and luxuries of the deluxe models. For example, my Beetle’s certificate specifies being manufactured with exterior chrome but without exterior mirrors. A driver’s side mirror was added on either at the dealership or in the late 1960s (judging by the age and wear of the mirror).

Despite the many years passed and a few modifications, my Beetle maintains many of its original “Custom” characteristics. Enjoy the photos!