Chris Vallone’s Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Vallone's ’67 Beetle
Nothing says it like pictures. The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” applies here! Our good pal Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs in NY just sent over this Euro ’67 he just picked up.

Keep and eye out here at 1967beetle.com, as this we are continuing to search the globe for these gems.

Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 BeetleChris Vallone's Euro ’67 BeetleChris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Vallone's Euro ’67 Beetle

Who’s going to grab this one, if it comes back on the market?

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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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timm

about 2 years ago

Sweet looking Euro 67. Love the Vintage Burbank VW lic frame

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Jaime

about 2 years ago

It's beautiful! Everything Chris puts his hands on turns to gold! But then again, I would never expect anything less from him! Wow I almost feel like selling my Zenith blue baby and picking this one up! Very nice

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Deborah Krisko

about 2 years ago

Stupid question: what makes it "Euro"?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

There are no dumb questions. I'll let Jay jump in, as he knows the Euro Beetle a bit better.

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Jeffrey Hicken

about 2 years ago

This car was originally set-up for the European market. Although this has US spec bumpers (Euro bumpers usually are just a single blade with small overriders), the easy things to spot are the four bolt wheels and the early style headlights. There were stripped down standard models and well optioned deluxe models made for Europe (the US only imported deluxe models). Other options like disc brakes were offered on Euro models depending on the country and trim level. Same with engine size (1200-1500). A ragtop was also offered in some standard models (deluxe's had a sliding steel sunroof). Hope that helps.

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Jay Salser

about 2 years ago

Hello, Deborah...Yours is not a "stupid question"! Actually, I think that the jury is out on this one. I'm betting that Chris is going to do a "birth certificate" search to verify the original designation/destination of this vehicle. In short, cars leaving the Wolfsburg factory were designated as to their destinations. We did a "Crayon Markings" article a while back (do a search on 1967beetle.com to see this article) which discussed such designations of parts and destinations as these cars passed down the assembly line. This car might have been designated for Canada, for instance--thus, it would have differed from those coming to the USA. Typically, then, people in the USA call the cars "Euros" (European). Or to any one of several different markets. Cars were outfitted according to the codes of the countries to which they were destined. Thus, a car coming to the USA was outfitted according to the vehicular codes of the USA at the time. But...that aside, let's look at some of the differences this car sports as contrasted to a Deluxe '67 Beetle that would have come into the USA according to the vehicular codes at the time: steering column ignition/lock; the decklid script of "VW1500"; 4-lug bolt wheels with disc brakes on the front wheels; the radio which is different from the USA Sapphire V--also with different dash trim; the front fenders which are of the earlier type with the covered head lights. These are some of the differences which I can see and which Chris has pointed out. So...how did such a car reach the USA (in this case Hawaii)? Perhaps it was imported by a returning military person or a tourist, etc. Chris may never be able to unravel that line of ownership. But--he can do a search with the Wolfsburg people to verify the car's original destination--then, we will know a lot more about this vehicle. I have to tell you that I always am skeptical about so-called "Euros". I have had three customers in Puerto Rico with '67s and each of the cars was distinctive! One of our Featured Articles is of a car in Singapore--very like Chris' car. I have owned a so-called "Euro". So we have to do more research on each of these cars before we can say with definition that it is a "Euro". I'll get some flak over some of my comments but, hey...I'm old but I still can learn. So, bring on the comments! LOL. Thanks for writing in, Deborah! jay

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Sam Glenn

about 2 years ago

Beautiful!! Thanks Chris. Would love to find a parcel tray for mine. ( I think that's what they're called) Anyone know of one available, let me know.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Sam, Wolfsburg West has really great trays. Bambus is the way to go.

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Sam Glenn

about 2 years ago

Thanks,Eric

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Mark

about 2 years ago

Doesn't the Euro model have a locking steering column as well.

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Jeffrey Hicken

about 2 years ago

On deluxe models they do. There are a number of small differences [like red and orange turn signals]. The differences are even greater in standard models.

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Herrbern

about 2 years ago

It depends : Germany and France had the lock standard installed, Belgium not.

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Richard

about 2 years ago

Wow.... So much to learn, from a one year, multiple country car. I though my 67 Custom (U.S designated ) was so different from my daughters 67 base (Canadian) designated. Now I need to learn of more...lol This is like school, but interesting, and way more fun. This is a great looking beetle, and I think I like the mixed and matched outcome. Is that generator, and distributer Euro as well, or just changed up ?

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Deborah Krisko

about 2 years ago

Thanks gentlemen: as usual, you are a WEALTH of information, and I appreciate your courtesy in sharing it!

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