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Shelly’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Vert

20150302_114211Our good friend Mark over at Old VWs Restoration is working on a very complete ’67 vert for a customer. He sent over some photos and I wanted to share with the ’67 Beetle community. Mark, our timing lights our pointed in your direction. Keep us posted on the progress!

Amanda De Vito’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 — Amanda Devitio

We’ve been going through the archives a bit tonight, here at 1967beetle.com. This fantastic, unique story deserves another moment in the spotlight.

Tell us about the history of your ’67 Beetle?
I’ve wanted a classic Volkswagen since I was a kid. I’m not certain where the influence came from. I found very quickly that I was not going to get more than the rusted remains of a classic VW Bus in my price range, so I started searching through Beetle listings out of financial necessity. We test drove a handful of them across California and none of them were really right. They were all molested, with big bassy stereo systems and funky junk going on in the engine. I didn’t dig it. I wanted something original, but not in showroom condition as I wasn’t up to such a responsibility. I figured I might bump into a few curbs along the way. I wanted something more on the hoodride side but also something semi reliable that wouldn’t fall apart. I was pretty particular about it. We were worn out after a few weeks, and my budget was beginning to dwindle when I finally found Walter listed on The Samba. We drove to Palo Alto, and instantly when I saw him I knew he was perfect. Love at first sight. It was a very short transaction – we drove around in a little circle down University Avenue.

“This is absolutely the one.”

We handed the guy $2,750 cash, he handed me the keys. He mentioned he was the second owner. He had several project cars in his driveway and said he was selling it to free up some space.

Featured ’67 — Amanda Devitio

Tom Parson’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Vert

Tom Parson's L282 Lotus White '67 Vert

Thomas Parsons has been a Reader of 1967beetle.com for some time. Tom lives in the small town of Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, between London, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, USA. Tom is well acquainted with vintage vehicles having restored other vehicles, including a wonderful Deluxe Model A Ford Coupe. He has attended many shows in Michigan, New York and in Ontario. Nowadays, he participates mainly in local cruises and car shows. Here’s the story of Tom’s 1967 Beetle Convertible.

I have learned a few things over the years, as we all have. Time, money, family and learning all impact our work for sure.

When I brought this car home, the body actually was in two pieces with the doors thrown inside along with many other parts. I picked it up on a flat-bed trailer–the body and parts were piled on one end and the chassis with motor on the other end.

When my wife saw the ’67 come home, she thought I had lost my mind. “You paid money for those parts?” I had taken on difficult projects before but she wasn’t convinced about this one, for sure. It was indeed rough. I have seen much better donor cars in my few travels to Florida over the years since I bought the car. Other than some work on the heater channels, the car simply had been disassembled and left in a heap behind a grocery store in London, Ontario, Canada. I had worked in the summer to help rebuild that store to another chain’s specs, so I shopped there for awhile even though it was not close to our home. I spotted the Beetle one day and drove around for a closer look. I suppose that anybody in his right mind would have run, but like Charlie Brown, I somehow felt that this car needed me! I found out who owned the parking lot it was left in, contacted the owner, paid his price and carted it all home!

Wish I had early pictures to share. The task was daunting but I always had wanted a ‘67 Cabrio–so the work was worth it. Some heater channel repair had begun but was poorly done. I think that the owner had been waiting for someone to come along so that he could unload this pile of parts!

I read a post, a few years ago, by someone who had purchased a “basket case” ‘67 Cabrio. I looked at the pictures and began to chuckle. The car needed a complete restoration but the body was intact. At one point early in my restoration, I had the complete body and doors and most parts of my car piled into a 4 X 4 foot space in the corner of the garage while I worked on the chassis! THAT was truly a basket case. I know what scratch-build means and, as I said, I did not have, at the time, the connections and support that 1967beetle.com provides. You are making a genuine difference to fellow enthusiasts.

Yunus Peer’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

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As we search in barns and forgotten locations across the world for more unique ’67 Beetle stories, sometimes they find us. This time, it comes from Yunus Peer in Hawaii.

Aloha, 1967beetle.com.
I am a long time ’67 Beetle enthusiast. I restored a few in my younger years – and as you may know, one never really kicks the addiction. Here’s the latest chapter. After a 20 year layoff, there’s a 67 in our family again. My son found this one close to his home in Orlando – It came from Brazil to Florida and is now on its way to Hawaii. The last pic is of the last 2 we had to sell in NH before we moved back to HI.

Brian Davis’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

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.