Chris Vallone — Classic VW Bugs

As I mentioned from a past article, Chris Vallone and I first met back at the So Cal Vintage VW Treffen Show. We often laugh about how our backgrounds in design and love for vintage VWs are so similar. We seem to be on the phone weekly regarding these old cars.

The above video is a feature about his New York based vintage VW restoration business, Classic VW Bugs.

Here’s a photo of us at the So Cal Vintage VW Treffen. I was sunburned by a few hundred 100% stock, early VWs.

“VWs hold a special place in many people’s hearts. The curvy body, friendly horns, airtight construction (remember slamming the door with the windows up?) and vinyl seats just got under people’s skin. They even had a distinctive smell on hot days from horse hair-stuffed seats, and that cheerful tailpipe chirp was as much a part of the soundtrack of the ’60s as any psychedelic band. Beetles began production in Germany in 1938, and the last one rolled off a Mexican assembly line in 2003. By that time, 21.5 million had been made.”

Happy Friday.

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™
The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a '67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

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James. P fitzpatrick

about 4 years ago

My 1967 bug valve cover won't come off ? Do I have to rotate the engine a little mannualy?for it to,clear the valves?

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Eric

about 4 years ago

I's try a screwdriver to pop it off. It could be glued to the seals. It should not EVER be 100% stuck.

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Phillip Hager

about 3 years ago

When can we have a 67 only meet up Great place presidio parking lot on sf

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 years ago

Fantastic idea! Amanda and I have talked about it before. I wonder how many people could make it to the SF Bay Area... Let me think on this..

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