Gary Beck’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Gary Beck

Digging in the archives here at 1967beetle.com, we wanted to put this article in the spotlight once again. I believe this car has sense moved on to a new home. However, it’s rare to see a ’67 Beetle restored to this level. Attention to detail is everything.

Not long ago, I put an ad on 1967beetle.com looking for a clean L639 Zenith Blue ’67 sunroof. I thought the odds of finding one was a long shot to say the least. Well, as it turns out a reader from 1967beetle.com emailed me a said, “he had a nice one he might sell with only one prior owner.”

Wow, what are the odds of that?! Anyway, the next day I drove out from Southern California to the land of enchantment (Arizona) to check this ’67. It was great, just what I was looking for. (Rust free and accident free) Bret and I came up with a price for the car and I had it shipped back home to California.

Since I’ve had the car, I brought it to my painter in Redlands, CA and had him take everything apart and repaint the car the original color Zenith Blue. Then I took the bug to Lenny Copp at West Coast Classic in Fullerton, CA for an all new interior. Here are some photos of my pride and joy.

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Thanks 1967beetle.com for the help on finding this car, and thanks to Bret for selling it.

– Gary Beck

Thanks, Gary, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.

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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 stories with the world.

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Mike Buettell

about 2 years ago

That is one very nice looking car!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

It's probably one of the best Zenith Blue '67 Beetles I've seen! Gary, do you plan on replacing the fuel pump with a German unit?

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Gary Beck

about 2 years ago

I do have an NOS one that I will install some day.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Very nice. This car is simply fantastic.

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timm

about 2 years ago

Sweet Ride! Love this color and nice job on the resto. I know the interior is awesome if Lenny did the work!

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Rachel

about 2 years ago

Wow! What a beauty. There's one thing missing tho......... What's her name? You have to name her!! LOL. Enjoy your car, it's just beautiful.

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Mark

about 2 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous Gary. Beautiful car. Wish I could buy it from you. Mark

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john m. poirier

about 2 years ago

Congrats Gary! May you enjoy many this beauty for many years to come! Good choice on the license plate.

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Graham

about 2 years ago

one very envious reader from Perth, this is a real beaut, take care of her.

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Russ

about 2 years ago

Well done. Ditto on the fuel pump. Bumpers look nice, are they Wolfsburgs?

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Gary Beck

about 2 years ago

The front bumper is a Wolfsburg West bumper.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

The best. The rear looks OG by the over rider curvature. One year only goodness.

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Dave Knowling

about 2 years ago

That's a beautiful 67. Congratulations! If you ever want to sell it, I'm your guy. It would look good next to my white 64 out here in Illinois.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

I think he wants to give it to meeee.

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Gary Beck

about 2 years ago

The thing is I have about $20,000 invested in this car now.

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Mark

about 2 years ago

It is worth every dime of $20K

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matthewjohnkeen

about 2 years ago

Nice clean lines there, I like the running board rubbers, period accessory or factory option? Keep an eye on the braided fuel lines with the increasing ethanol content in fuels. Very nice car.

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Gary Beck

about 2 years ago

Thanks for the tip on the ethanol, I'll watch for that. The running boards are the NOS color that originally came on the car and the fender beading is NOS Zenith Blue beading.

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Luiz Antonio Paíga

about 2 years ago

Halo Eric, How much this car? I want to buy one for import to Brazil. Thank you

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Luiz, The car isn't for sale. You'd have to talk to Gary.

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matthewjohnkeen

about 2 years ago

What tyres are you running there Gary?

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Gary Beck

about 2 years ago

Tires are the BF Goodrich 3/4" radial white walls.

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matthewjohnkeen

about 2 years ago

Nice tire, pricey but nice :)

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Also... Here's another one of Gary's past cars. Fantastic quality. http://1967beetle.com/lotus-white-67

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Steve Parker

about 2 years ago

Georgous car Gary and almost a carbon copy of my car! The only thing I don't have is the whitewalls. The really spooky thing is my licence plate is also "peoples car" only spelt PPLS KR. Wierd huh?

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Gary Beck

about 2 years ago

That's cool, I would love to see some photos.of it. Vwbeck@gmail.com

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steve parker

about 1 year ago

Hi Gary. Finally uploaded some shots of my bug, check it out! Steve Parker.

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Nathan

about 1 year ago

Where?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

I was going to ask the same.

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juanherrera638401932

about 2 years ago

Really nice car, its the dream come true. Congratulations.

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Jim Ratto

about 2 years ago

Very very nice car.

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Tim

about 2 years ago

Hey Gary: I would like to paint or dye my black running boards to match the body of my Zenith Blue 67 beetle. How did you dye yours?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Tim, I connected you guys over email. Let me know if you need more help.

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Kevin Morrison

about 4 weeks ago

Hi Eric, Speaking of details. Could you once again tell us the exact time that the paint code decals were changed from German to English? I believe I may have asked this in past years. I know my 66 and 67 sedans were in German but I believe by the early 70's the colors were being printed in English. Thanks Kevin

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 weeks ago

That I honestly have no idea about. Am I a big help or what?

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Kevin Morrison

about 4 weeks ago

Thanks anyway Eric. I'm sure someone out there knows the answer. I ordered some replacement decals yesterday and made sure they would be printed in German as that is correct for 67 and below. Also ordered the windshield washer bottle "red" pressure decal. Some time after 1968 they were made of silver, but again, I'm just not sure when VW switched over the colors. As we all know, VW was known for changing things during productions cycles and NOT necessarily by the model year. Keep up the good works Kevin

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Matt

about 4 weeks ago

damn that car is clean!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 weeks ago

Note that the running boards are even the correct color. These details are always missed.

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Todd Sloan, Portland

about 4 weeks ago

Love the new like condition of this car. A sure target for me to work towards when I take on my Zenith blue '67. I did not see any photo's here of the interior. Could I get a few?

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Mike Buettell

about 4 weeks ago

Gary sold this car on "Old Bug" over a year ago (maybe even 2 years ago). It was purchased by Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa, CA and listed for $34,000. They dropped the price to $29,900 and it appeared on ebay several times. Looks like it finally sold. http://www.crevierclassiccars.com/inventory/1967-volkswagen-beetle-sunroof-coupe-stock-number-200333... I examined this car in person and feel that other than a non-German fuel pump, the car is perfect. It has a sunroof, sapphire VI FM radio, virtually new lobster claw seatbelts, and Hella sb12 headlight rings (all rare). This '67 Beetle really is the standard by which all '67 should be judged. Congratulations to the new owner. I hope he/she finds 67beetle.com and keeps us up to date.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 weeks ago

I knew Mike was aware of the history. That's correct. To "toot" my own horn a bit, I restored the oil bath. It was an honor to work on such a high profile car.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 weeks ago

Also, I do agree that this '67 is the standard. Other than the fuel pump, everything is 100% correct as it should be.

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Sam Glenn

about 4 weeks ago

O man! A beauty! Somebody got a gem for sure. I'm confused who the owner is now, whoever, Congratulations on your find & thanks for sharing Sam G

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Richard

about 3 weeks ago

What a super nice 67 and very close to being correct.

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