Contributed by Louie Meyer, a reader of 1967beetle.com, this article talks about the correct wheels and hubcaps for your ’67 Beetle.
As you well know, owning a ’67 Beetle is a very different experience. All the one year only parts, early and late production within the time frame of the ’67 model year and so on.
When it came time to find the correct wheels and hubcaps, I began to get frustrated. I looked at a lot of used parts ads showing what the seller claimed was ’67 hubcaps for sale but, in fact they were the later ’68 and up hubcaps.
Wheels on the other hand are easier to spot. So what do you need to look for when searching for these “rare” parts? The hubcaps look a lot like the ’68 and up caps until you turn them on their side.
The ’67 hubcaps have an inner lip to attach them to the INSIDE of the wheel hub. The ’68 and up caps attach to the OUTSIDE of the wheel hub. Now the tricky part. The wheels are special too. What a surprise right?!
The wheels have holes all the way around the hub area of them. The wheels also have no hubcap clips like the ’65 and earlier beetles. The ’67 wheels used three small bumps on the inside of the hub area of the wheel, this is where the hubcap actually contacts the wheel. They fit very tightly so be careful not to dent them. When the hubcaps are fully installed there will be a 1/8th inch gap between the cap and the wheel. This gap makes it seem like hubcaps are not fully installed, but they are. The gap is there so that the accessory trim rings will fit on the wheels.
Now that we got the shape of the hubcaps and wheels out of the way, what color wheels are correct for your ’67? Well with the help from 1967beetle.com, I got mine painted correctly. All ’67 Beetles had black and white wheels. Inner hub area is black and the outer ring area near the tire white. The black is more of a dark charcoal color and the white is an eggshell color. I cleaned up my wheels and painted them myself. The stock wheels really set off the car. Looks like a Million bucks!!
Well I hope sharing my knowledge and experience restoring my wheels will help you bring back the stock look of your ’67 Beetle. Have fun with your ’67 no matter what shape it’s in. Let’s all keep the vintage VWs rolling.
Happy Motoring -Louie Meyer
Thanks, Louie for sharing this tip with 1967beetle.com.