Frank Shoemaker’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!My Grandfather lovingly gave me his ’67 beetle about 10 years ago. Recently, I asked him what spawned the purchase in the first place. In his own words:

“Eric, my memory is not what it used to be, but … I purchased the VW brand new in January of ’67. (Traded a ’62 Beetle) The price was very competitive, and it was common knowledge that the German VW of old made products that were the result of the highest level in engineering and quality.”

Thanks, Grandpa for giving me a piece of history. Who knew that the Volkswagen Beetle would go on to be the “longest-running and most-manufactured automobile of a single design platform anywhere in the world.”

Eric Shoemaker and Grandpa Shoemaker
Grandpa
I love you.

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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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Kevin

about 6 years ago

Nice story. I heard that 67 Beetles were not selling due to the great changes of 1968. I read that they were practically giving them away. To me the 67 is the best built Beetle of all. Improved in so many ways yet old characteristics still in place. I love my '67..

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Eric

about 6 years ago

Thanks so much for the comment. And I agree that it was the "best year."

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peter a

about 6 years ago

hello eric i found your website thru chris.i currently own a stock 68 conv.beetle w/vws a/c,and a 67 stock conv. karmann ghia.i wonder if it was the same deal with the ghia,with vw trying to get rid of them cause of the 68 changes.wish i had a g-pa that gave me his bug too.take care of it and you,beetle fan.

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Eric

about 6 years ago

Thanks Peter. Reach out anytime if there are questions I can help with.

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ronw1967

about 2 years ago

I have read this article several times. Still a great story.

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Quinn

about 2 years ago

Interesting comments insinuating that VW had a problem selling 1967 models. Volkswagen dealerships for the most part had a set price with no haggling (930 VW dealers in US market 1967) The 1968 hype wouldn't have been brought out until late in the model year at best. My purchase was quite early in the 1967 model year at $1440 plus dollars, I did not have to pay the horrendous host country taxes!. Taking the time period of 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969, Volkswagen sells increased each year through 1968, 1967 being a banner year as more were sold here than any previous year. Garwoods figures for Beetles of all types sold in the USA the five years are: 1965-296,431, 1966-302,423, 1967-320,692, 1968-390,079, and for 1969-367,307.

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Tom

about 2 years ago

It is true that sales of the cabriolet for 1967 were quite low compared to the previous 10 years and after that (except for 1975), making it fairly rare for sure.

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