Beetle Stories Posts

Frank Salvitti’s L41 Black ’67 Beetle

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Frank Salvitti, of Long Island, NY, and I began our e-correspondence several months ago. We talked about little odds and ends concerning 1967 Beetles. It wasn’t long before we were exchanging photos and talking in depth about our cars. I began to sense that Frank is a person who talks to nuts and bolts and wrenches and they do his bidding.

In Frank’s own words..

Frank…when I saw photographs of your Beetle and of your garage, I knew that we HAD to do a story.

The garage is something I had in mind and have wanted to do for years, so finally did.

You told me that you have some history with Volkswagens. Give the Readers of 1967beetle.com an idea of when you first were involved with VWs.

A. When I was a kid I always had a love for cars and the sound of motors and loud pipes– since around 6 years old or so, that I can remember. I grew up in the time when cars were at their best in the 60’s with the muscle cars. A lot of family members had hot rods. However some family friends had a VW which I thought was a real neat car. I liked that– so different. During that time, I remember that my grandfather bought a white 1968 VW Bug—the first year of the auto stick. We went for a ride and I was like “…wow! How come the brake pedal is so large? And—“No clutch.” Then I saw him shift and asked how he could shift with no clutch? He explained and I said, “Wow a neat invention!” lol

From our conversations, I know that you have a love of all things automotive. What about VWs interested you?

A. Jay, as for the interest in VWs, after growing up around them I became interested in their neat design, so different from American cars. The motor is in the back? No radiator? How is this possible? My interest grew as I got older and starting seeing so many of them. One of my neighbors had a VW Bus, another VW that I thought was so cool. This was back in the time of peace signs and flower power etc. –painted all over it, a “Hippy Van” I believe it was called back then. Also around that time I came across the first VW Ghia that I had seen. I was fascinated by this new wave of automobiles. But when I saw my first Dune Buggy, that was it! I was sold on VWs. I thought that was the coolest thing of all times. They could be taken down the beach, no roof, loud… wow! “I got to have one!” I was around 15 or so when these things were all over and were only $800.00 for a brand new one. However, growing up kind of poor, that was a lot of money back then to lay out for a toy. I told myself that one day I will have a VW Bug and Dune Buggy. It took me many years but I did accomplish that.

Chris Vallone’s L518 Java Green ’67 Beetle

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An update from the earlier mention of our good friend Chris Vallone’s ’67 Beetle build. It appears he did paint the car the correct L518 Java Green and the build is coming along nicely.

This car was found in north NJ in Mid 2012. This baby is rock solid and should need little body work.  This is a numbers matching Body, Chassis, Motor, ’67 Beetle.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, see below.

Linas Barščevičius’ ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Linas Barščevičius

Digging in the archives here at 1967beetle.com, we wanted to put this fantastic article in the spotlight once again. Our interest in people and their ’67 Beetles has travelled deep into Europe for this story. Linas Barščevičius lives in Lithuania. He has restored this ’67 and rallies it annually.

There are so many VW Beetles in the world. And every car and it’s driver have their own story. This is my story how I became a Beetle owner and a fan of classic VWs.

As far as I remember myself, I‘ve always been interested in old cars and automotive history. My profession and my everyday work are also closely connected with cars but the new ones. So, the idea of having my own old timer was just a matter of time and an acceptable offer.

Some years ago I started to work at Volkswagen importer office of Lithuania and got an opportunity to meet the guys from Lithuanian Beetle Club. I saw their passion to old VW cars and this encouraged me to study history of Beetle more deeply. And I was intrigued by the story of this car which was initiated by Adolf Hitler and executed by genius engineer Ferdinand Porsche. So, I stated to dream about having a pre-1967 Beetle.

One thing made my dream come true in a shorter period of time. It was my 10th wedding anniversary and my wife made me a surprise – a ride on T2 bus which was owned by President of our Beetle Club. Very soon after that, he sent me an internet link of sales ad. And I finally found what I was looking for – a nice Beetle Deluxe produced in January 1967. It stood in Austrian mountain town and was slightly damaged in an accident. Unfortunately, somebody bought it faster than me.

Sam Glen’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

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It’s emails like this that remind me just how much I love the ’67 Beetle community. Thank you, Sam. Our timing lights our pointed in your direction, bud. If I’m ever back in Anderson, SC, I have to take this gem for a drive.

Hello, 1967beetle.com.

21 years ago, I purchased my ’67 Beetle. I am the second owner. With the exception of a few things, the car is pretty close to original.

When I bought the car, the previous owner had a fender bender (left rear) that was repaired wrong. Nobody could see it, but me, and for all these years, it’s driven me crazy. Not only that it was repaired wrong, but to repair it correctly meant taking away from the originality.

About 3 years ago, I ran across 1967beetle.com. Thanks to you & all the ’67 family, I began looking at my bug differently .

To repair it correctly was simply maintenance that needed to have been done long ago, but I didn’t have the encouragement, and knowledge that came from listening and studying all the things 1967beetle.com has shared.

I have in my files, everything you have posted on these great cars, from correct colors, combinations, parts, etc. to opinions on total restoration and/or leaving it original, or as in my case as original as possible.

Joel Palmer’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

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It’s stories like these appearing in my inbox that make me sing to the cadence of an air cooled engine. Thanks for sharing, Joel. The ’67 Beetle community around the world is here for you! I’m sure we will be learning more about this L282 Lotus White gem very soon.

Hello, 1967beetle.com.

I have acquired a one owner, 74,000 mile 1967 Type 1 sedan and am very excited about beginning the recommissioning of a car that has sat for 28 years (unloved) in a garage here in Philadelphia.

With the help of Chris Radbill Automotive, here in West Chester, we are going to bring this car back. I have attached two photos and am also sending two links to short videos shot at Chris Radbill Automotive after the car was up and running. One shot is the car being hauled onto a flat bed; the other is the original Pennsylvania plate with the last tags for it (12-1987)

Although it was towed out of the garage on four (4) flat tires, they did hold air at the shop. Chris has it running from a rear bumper-mounted gas can (please see links) and we are taking the next step of getting to a point where it will be able to pass state inspection (new brakes and tires; rusty rocker panel replaced, tune up and carb rebuild, oil change; trans axle oil, and major service).

I am very grateful for 1967beetle.com and Classic VW Bugs for tons of advice and guidance going forward, Thank you for your service to the hobby and stay tuned as we bring this 1967 back.

Joe