Greg Minuskin recently reached out to 1967beetle.com to take a look at a ’67 Beetle he was considering purchasing. As it turns out, it’s a numbers matching L282 lotus white sunroof. After looking at a few photos, I advised him to purchase the car before someone else did! It makes me happy to know there are a handful of quality ’67 Beetles still out there; forgotten under layers of dust in barns, garages, etc. 1967beetle.com will continue to find and showcase their unique stories.
Well, I recently acquired this ’67 VW Beetle from a long time Mercedes Benz collector friend. He had acquired the car from his neighbor who passed away some time ago. I believe the car is original to California, for it sports the Trans Ocean license plate frames from the Pasadena VW dealership in that area, and black plates, making me the third owner.
After some discussion with my friend (for buying a car from a friend is always a tricky business, don’t want to mess up the friendship you know) we agreed on a price, and I had the car towed to my VW dealership for inspection/roadworthiness. I found that the car was very, very sound, no rust, original engine/matching to the car, although rebuilt, but with a Brazilian carburetor. The radio is not correct, but old/correct to the car. Surprisingly the car needed very little with the right rear wheel cylinder rebuild, new shoes that were ruined by the brake fluid, and a steering dampener. Had the oil changed new drain seal, which solved the slight oil leak, and also a new replacement spare tire fitted as the original was rotted out. It was missing just the jack, which I am sure I can get somewhere. I had never driven a VW Beetle before, so this was my first experience, having always had manual/stick shift modern cars, even today as my daily driver is a 2003 VW Jetta TDI. I found the car easy to drive, actually fun, and my wife finds the car cute as well. I received 7 sets of keys, two truck full of new parts from Wolfsburg West never used, three repair manuals, and also a receipt for $2,700.00 dated about 3 years ago; which lists a new clutch, rebuild of the transmission, and other components.
So, there you have it! The sun roof has never been opened, but Eric tells me, with his friends, that the gasket/repair of the sunroof can be done to make it work/functional.