Chris Colby’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

In early 1996, as a 15 year old high school student in West Michigan, I could not wait to get my driver’s license and my first vehicle.   In fact, I despised riding the school bus so much that I bought a moped and got my moped license, which you could do at age 15 in Michigan.    As much as I liked the new found freedom, it made my desire to have my own vehicle even stronger.

I had always liked VW’s, since receiving a toy Beetle as a gift from my Aunt at a young age.  Coming from a car family in Michigan, my Dad and uncle had various VW Sandrail Dune Buggies over the years, furthering my love for VW’s.   When it came time for me to start looking for my own car, Dad mentioned that one of his co-workers had a 1967 VW Sunroof Beetle for sale.  I immediately was interested.

Upon going to test drive the car, Dad told me to get in and figure it out (I never had driven a manual transmission car).  After stalling it several times, and the battery falling through the floor pan while I was “test driving” it, I was a bit hesitant.  My Dad assured me, on the way home, that I could learn to drive it in a day or two and we could repair the floor pan. A few days later, after negotiating with the owner, I purchased my first car for $1600 of my own hard-earned money.

I would later learn that it was a 100% original California car, with matching numbers with the original L633 VW Blue paint.  A year after that, while still in high school, I started working at a VW Dealership and was able to buy (for next to nothing) some new old stock heat exchangers and other original parts that had been sitting on the shelf in the parts department for over 20 years. I had the car repainted in the original L633 color at the dealership as well.  I owned the car through college, but eventually, after 7-1/2 years, I sold it to an elderly woman, since I was a poor college student in need of money for rent and expenses.    

Years later, I purchased my second 1967 Beetle, after moving to the Tampa Bay area of Florida in 2005.  This car had a really bad white spray paint finish, but imagine my surprise to find that it also had been originally the L633 VW Blue.  Ultimately, I sold this car after about a year, as I didn’t have an adequate place to store it, and it needed more work than I could take on at the time.

Fast forward to June, 2020.  After about 15 years of not owning an air-cooled VW, I began casually looking for another.  About a month or two into looking, I stumbled across an L633 VW Blue 1967 in mostly original condition, but with a 1776cc dual-port motor and front disc brakes, for sale in Cocoa, FL.   Beyond excited, I made the 125 mile trip across Florida to look at the car, and couldn’t go home without it.  So here I am–24 years after purchasing my first 1967 Beetle, I’m now the proud new caretaker of this great car, that is almost a twin to my very first car.

Now, for years to come, I can share the love and experience of the ‘67 Beetle with my 8 year old son!   After owning it for only a week, I’ve already replaced the door lock pins, window cranks and reverse lights with original 1967 bits that I have been holding onto for years.  I’ve taken the car to two local get-togethers in the past week, including the weekly Air-cooled VW Sunset Gathering just 5 minutes from home on the Dunedin, FL, causeway, overlooking the sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico.  The nostalgia for me is personal and part of who I am.   I love driving the car and plan to care for it for many years to come.  I feel so fortunate to have found another great car.   

Thank you,
Chris Colby

Editor’s Note:  L633 is the Official Blue Color of Volkswagen, Inc., and can be seen on their signage and other identifying features.  Chris’ Beetle truly is Volkswagen Blue!

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Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. Chris,
    pretend this is your dad talking. Don’t Sell This One!
    Beautiful 67 Buggy! Enjoy It!

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    1. Hi Don,

      Thanks, I’ll be holding onto this one for a very long time!

      Chris

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  2. She’s a beautiful 1967. You have a great story.

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    1. Mark, thanks very much!

      Chris

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  3. Todd Van Winkle June 29, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Love that old girl! VW Blue is a neat color, I always liked how the named the color after themselves! Those dual mufflers sound cool, don’t they!?? Enjoy it!!

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    1. Hi Todd,

      Thanks, yes the color is truly representative of the brand, pretty neat. The dual mufflers definitely have a bigger bark for sure!

      Thanks,
      Chris

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  4. One FINE looking car. I’m blue with envy.

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    1. Sapphire V Dealership safety knobs, say no more. Mike, it’s time to scratch the itch for another ’67.

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      1. Eric, thanks again. May have some questions for you on the Sapphire V if you’re knowledgeable with them. Really love the site, and the stickers I just ordered!

        Chris

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    2. Thank you Mike!

      Chris

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  5. Chris—great story! The story about getting your first car was similar to mine, but mine at 16 was a 1969. What happened to the glove box?

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    1. Hi Todd,

      Wow, nice to know I’m in good company! Nothing wrong with the glovebox, maybe a reflection? Thanks,

      Chris

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  6. Frank Connolly June 29, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Nice dialogue, and a wonderful car.

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    1. Thank you Frank!

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  7. Beautiful car! I’m glad you were able to find it!

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    1. Todd, thanks! I feel extremely lucky to have found it!

      Chris

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  8. Great story & car!!! finishing up my 67 restoration with L633 paint.. hope mine comes out like yours!!!! Enjoy!!! I know I will!!!!!

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    1. Chuck, that’s great! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Definitely enjoying it, thanks.

      Chris

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  9. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz June 30, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Great read Chris! Excited with you for your second great find! I wish you many years of enjoyable VDubbing!

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    1. Dick, thanks very much!

      Chris

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  10. Beautiful volky and beautiful story, almost like my my dad gift in 1966 at that time I was 16year old so the gift was a 1953 Volkswagen 6Volt in orange color paint with brushed so dad buy the little bug from the old men and I still love it, volky is in my blood for ever and ever a the mind time I still looking for another one, the second car was a Valiant 1963 6 cylinder automatic transmission with push bottom on the left side of the steering wheel, and my 3rd car another Volkswagen beetle 1966 beetle 1300 logo in the rear drum, l suggestion is never sale it, is the best little car in the world, so I say all the way “Volky ” mind Volkswagen, from P.rico with love, adios

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    1. I which year headlights of beetle were upgraded from big lights to comparatively smaller headlights?

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      1. Hello, Ayaz…Up to and including the year 1966, all Beetles had 6 volt, sloping, glass-covered head lights. For year 1967, all Deluxe Beetles and many other 1967 Beetles (in different countries) had the new and improved, up-right, open sealed-beam head lights (like the Beetle in this Article). However, there still were 1967 Beetles in various countries which retained the sloping, glass-covered head lights (such as in Australia, European models 1200 and 1300, etc., etc.). Production remained somewhat complicated. jay

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