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’67 Beetle – Interior Rear View Mirror Mystery

Over time, I’m learning never to say never and never to say always—when it comes to some of the knotty problems which we of the 1967 Beetle Community confront. Oh, yes—a lot of the time there WILL be an explanation for what appears to be a radical problem. But—what about those other situations which seemingly have no quick answers? Hummmmm!

The latest paradox arose when Eric copied me with a message which he received from Reader Justin Heath. Justin said:

“Hi Eric, It’s been a while since I’ve asked you about some ‘67 trivia. I’ve recently acquired an American spec Right Hand Drive (RHD) ‘67 Beetle. Unusual? It seems so… Very cool story about its travels. I’ll get into that later. But first, I wanted to ask about the ‘67 Rear View Mirror. I know that some ‘67 Rear Views had their stems painted black and the mirror head had a black plastic backing. Was this for the entire run of ‘67 VINs? Or (let’s say) did early ‘67s come with the chrome-stem/aluminum-head Rear View? Finally… is the black/black Rear View Mirror ‘67 only, or did that style continue into 1968?

I went to your “One Year Only” section on the website but saw no mention of the Rear View Mirror. Thanks! Justin Heath”

After some initial exchanges, Justin added:

“When I acquired the car, the owner claimed he was the fourth owner and the car came with some detailed history. It was shipped to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) from the Factory, then spent time in Malaysia and Indonesia before coming to Nor-Cal around 1980. It was originally owned by a college professor.”

During the brief research I’ve done, I’ve been told that there were a few select RHD markets that had the option of either Euro or American Spec ‘67s. Thailand and possibly Japan being just two that were named. I have no idea how to confirm this….but it makes for fun head-scratching moments.

I asked about the Mirror because I’ve seen the black/black ‘67 Mirror on more than one occasion. In my case, this RHD Bug was in need of a Rear View Mirror since the one it came with was bad. I found a RHD black/black Rear View on eBay UK, so I bought it. Knowing how hard it is to find RHD parts in the US, I jumped on it regardless of its color…it was for RHD!”

Hella SB-12 Headlight Rings

Along with the many other interesting things about the 1967 Volkswagen Beetle are the Head Light Rings Engraved with Hella SB-12. The SB-12s first were used by Volkswagen on Type 3s—the FastBacks and SquareBacks which came to US Dealerships.

Then for reasons unknown to us today, Volkswagen decided to install these special Head Light Rings on early ’67 Beetles—only those manufactured from August–October of 1966. The validation of this information has taken many years of checking the VINs of original, unrestored ‘67s which had SB-12s installed.

If you want to check to see when your ‘67 Beetle was manufactured, go here.

You also will be able to check your Engine H0 Case Serial Number to see how close it is to your VIN.

In today’s world, you will find SB-12s installed on a lot of ‘67 Bugs no matter what month the car was manufactured. Unless you are a purest, it really doesn’t matter if they came with the car, or not. They are very cool to have installed and finding a good set these days is getting harder all the time.

As we all are aware, Volkswagen made a lot of Beetles. However, the ’67 Beetle is the milestone year sought by collectors. It has been said that you either love or hate ‘67s. It really depends on how many of those one-year-only parts are already on the car when you acquire it and how many you have to chase down.

The bottom line is–if you have SB-12s on your ‘67 and it is an early ’67, great. If you have them installed on a later ‘67, enjoy them, because they are not easy to find these days and that is one of the first things folks look for when they are checking out a ‘67.

Wie Ist Der 1500 – 1967 Volkswagen Beetle


Readers of 1967beetle.com from around the world often submit interesting and historic literature. Just when I think we’ve seen it all, something new arrives. My Great Grandfather arrived in the USA from Germany long long ago. Sadly, I don’t speak a word of the language. Err, Das Wolfsburger?!

Can anyone provide context to this piece of ’67 Beetle history? If so, chime in below.

L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

L282 Lotus White '67 Beetle

Originally listed and sold through KGF Classic Cars, this ’67 Beetle is an interesting find that I wanted to share. They say a photo (and video) is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, I’ll let these do their justice. Feel free to chime in with any comments. Oh my, I think I see SB12 on the headlight rings. I need a cold shower.

EQUIPMENT
Chrome window trim, chrome bumpers, bumper guardians, bumper rails, bezel vents, sill vents, chrome wheel covers, chrome driver’s door mirror, chrome waist strip, chrome bonnet line, running boards, horn pad with Wolfsburg crest, emergency flashers, interior light, padded dash, assist straps, headlight flasher, glove box, door pockets, twin sun visors, grab handle. Optional extras; White wall tyres, seat belts, vent wings.

EXTERIOR
This astonishingly beautiful Beetle is finished in Volkswagen Lotus White (code L-282). The stunning paintwork has a brilliant pure shine and a smooth high quality finish extending to all internal painted sections. This 1967 registered example is a factory correct 1966/67 model year crossover with components and specification shared between both model years. Pre ’67 model year fitments include the older style push button door handles, red turn signal lenses, non-external fuel filler, absence of hood vents, absence of push button hood handle and the older style lower sited bumpers with ‘towel rail’ extender rails. In contrast the revised ’67 features fitted to the car include the emergency flashers, slotted wheels, rear window openers and larger blade two-speed wipers. Perfect originality can be witnessed in items such as the SD12 Hella headlamp rings and Hella reverse lights. A remarkable ‘hybrid’ example that is wonderfully preserved and truly represents the factory build specification.

INTERIOR
The black leatherette upholstery has remained exactly as Volkswagen intended with no modification whatsoever. The original seats, remarkably well cared for throughout years of cherished ownership have suffered no damage at all and the structure of each seat has retained all integrity to offer surprising comfort! The factory original steering wheel with Wolfsburg crest and horn bar is immaculate, as are all additional functions and controls. All matching door cards and black carpeting is spotlessly clean, as is the headlining which is intact and free from discolouration. A delightful touch of originality in the form of the temporary km/h plastic overlay on the speedometer relates to the cars initial months of touring Europe and can either remain on proud display or be removed at the new owners discretion. A truly fantastic testament to years of fastidious and cherished ownership.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The air-cooled rear mounted engine is housed in a beautifully clean engine bay with an emphasis on originality and meticulous maintenance clearly evident. A power output of 53bhp and 78.1ib.ft of torque from its 1493cc displacement delivers a top speed of 78mph and 32mpg, whilst the unmistakable VW Beetle engine note is delightfully pronounced but completely unobtrusive. The fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox of single plate dry clutch type operates perfectly offering light and precise progression throughout the range.

VW Firing Order Poster

I’ve not seen many (if any) vintage Volkswagen firing order posters, so I created one. It’s free, and can be downloaded in both PDF and JPG below. It can be printed up to 11×17. Be the envy of all your ’67 Beetle peers with this gem hanging in your garage.

Spark Plug photo: Bosch Media Service. (Allowed use)
Art direction / design: Eric Shoemaker