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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!

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.