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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

Sam Glen

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

Greg Minuskin’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Greg Minuskin

Few people have the opportunity to own a particular vehicle twice. Well, Greg Minuskim saw his chance and snapped it up. In Greg’s words.

I acquired the car in February of 2014 from the 3rd owner who had owned it for about 9 years, and decided to sell it. At the time the car needed only a brake job, and a few other minor items.

The sunroof did not work–in fact, it was stuck! After a few months, I decided to get the sunroof working again, so I carefully cranked back and forth, applying penetrating oil to the track and other components. After about 2 hours, I finally was successful but still could not fully open the sunroof.

Researching on-line how to take apart the sunroof, I carefully removed the headliner panel to the sunroof and looked behind, inside the roof toward the back A dark mass was blocking the sunroof from opening further! Flashlight in hand, I discovered a well mummified mouse, poor thing! Using a coat hanger hook, I was able to remove the poor creature and gave it a proper burial in our back yard. Gosh knows what laws I might have violated for burying something in my back yard! LOL

About 5 months later I sold the car to a friend, who enjoyed it with tender loving care, polishing it and even putting in his own, home-made parcel tray.

When my friend needed to sell the car, in November of 2015, I bought the car back and now enjoy taking it out on short trips around my neighborhood on errands, and the like.

It is garage-kept, starts right up and is a pleasure to drive.

Needless to say, there are a lot of us out here in the ’67 Beetle Community who lust for a SunRoof Edition like Greg’s. Just look at those Palm trees through that sunroof! Mmmmm! That’s enough to make a person begin to look around for one of these cars, isn’t it!

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!