David Samuels L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

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Hello, ’67 Beetle community. It’s emails like these from reader David Samuels that help me appreciate the ’67 Beetle that much more. It’s such a special one year only car.

Greetings. I really enjoy 1967beetle.com – it inspired me to buy my wife a 67 Zenith Blue a few months ago. She drove her grandfather’s Beetle all through high school, and she loves it. It’s a solid driver and I have gotten it well sorted mechanically, but I would like to get the body and interior in top condition. It had a respray a few years back, and there is some overspray but overall it’s a decent paint job. There’s bondo in the front right fender and a little bit of surface rust on the rear fender. The interior paint is tired and chipped here and there, but I think it could be touched up nicely without a full paint job.

Thanks so much,
David Samuels

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Thanks, David! We’re here for ya.

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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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jay salser

about 1 year ago

Not only is this a "happy Beetle", David--I see One Happy Wife, as well! Congratulations on having found a lovely example of the Zenith Blue '67 Beetle! jay

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mikebuettell

about 1 year ago

Nice looking car! What is mounted on the lower part of the windshield? Radar detector?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Very cool!

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Todd

about 1 year ago

I think the Zenith Blue is my favorite color.

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Greg

about 1 year ago

Great car... Congrats to your wife!

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dezeinstein

about 1 year ago

Thanks, Eric - and thanks everyone for the comments. That's a phone holder attached to the windshield to use for navigation. Pricing out a ground-up restoration but it might be way too much $. David

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mikebuettell

about 1 year ago

David, a full restoration is very expensive. You've got a really nice car as it is. Maybe do a few inexpensive projects like adding the metal trim around the rear window, but I'd suggest you just drive, enjoy it, and use up that nice full tank of gas.

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dezeinstein

about 1 year ago

Mike - you're absolutely right. I just got an $8,000 quote for respray with some minor body work. I bought bumpers, running boards, windshield and trim as the current ones are in bad shape. Other than that, we will refresh the interior and drive her as is. Believe it or not, I'm in LA and having trouble finding a shop who wants to bolt on the bumpers and boards. Any recommendations from people in SoCal?

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Amanda

about 1 year ago

You know you can do the running boards yourself, right? Let us know if you need help.

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Amanda

about 1 year ago

*Bumpers, I mean.

gavin

about 1 year ago

David, I have found 1967beetle.com inspires many people to do great things for others! Buying your wife a Beetle is testament to the wonders of this site and the character of the people like you in this community at large. Happy Wife, Happy Life! She looks very HAPPY in the pic....Well done & nice Vdub!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Small Wonder. :)

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