Another fantastic ’67 Beetle for the world to see. 88,000 original miles; wow. If you own any vert, you know Chuck. Thanks, Jay for helping me pull this one together. What would 1967beetle.com do without him?
It was 1979 in Corona Del Mar California. I had been buying, “fixing-up” and selling VW Convertibles for 7 years ( the market always had been strong there). I had purchased many from other States for $100’s and sold them in Southern California for $1000’s.…..when, one day I was sitting at a stop light. A Black ‘67 Convertible Beetle turned left in front of me! I thought:
“This would be “The Ultimate ‘67”!
I thought that I knew all of the VW convertibles in town! I made a quick U turn, when traffic passed, but could not find the ‘67.
Two weeks later, I again saw it…..going the opposite direction. Another U turn and, like the last time, it was nowhere to be found.
A few weeks later, it popped up in our local paper:
“1967 VW Convertible black with red interior 78K miles $1975”
Well, I was the first one there to look at it since it was only 6 blocks from my house. It was owned by my mail man!
After a test drive and listening to the owner giving directions to 2 more people wanting to come see it, I bought it on the spot. That was 38 years ago.
Since then, I have done a few things to the ’67. I’ve repainted the exterior and replaced the original torn and faded early-style seat covers (they were rice grain centers with smooth sides). We hand-made these using the original seat covers as patterns. I rebuilt the engine using NOS 1500 pistons and cylinders from the local VW dealer. And, of course, I restored the top, using the early style with chromed brass trim which I purchased from a Dealer in 1980!
Over the years, I have located NOS correct sun visors, chrome top locks, interior mirror, German hub caps and beauty rings, SB 12 headlight rings, Hella lenses and door handles—just to name a few things which I’ve done to the car.
For being painted and hand color-sanded 37 years ago and with the top that is on it presently being 30 years old, the vehicle still is show quality. The car now has 88,000 original miles on it, with 1000 miles on the fresh engine. It runs perfectly!
We just pulled it out of long-term storage and replaced all the brakes and fuel lines and will be adding a restored Pierburg fuel pump shortly. I think it has held up well. What do you think? Of the 6-1967 Convertibles I have had, this is the one I kept.