I’ve looked at literally thousands of Volkswagen Beetles—a lot of them 1967 Beetles. In the process, I’ve purchased scores of Beetles for one purpose or another. It is heartening to find an “honest” Beetle. By “honest”—I mean one that is easily identifiable at almost a glance. This Beetle belongs to Greg Minuskin, a Reader-Contributor of 1967beetle.com.
In my looking at and researching 1967 Beetles, I find that possibly the most rare of the three Models is the Sun Roof Edition. Here is one of those rare Sun Roof Editions—waiting to be driven away by its new owner!
But first, let’s get some important details squared away:
- You know how I am about VINs! All three VINs (spare tire well, tunnel and title) correspond.
- The Beetle for sale has 15,609 miles showing on the Odometer. You can add 100K to that, I’m sure.
- With every vintage vehicle the new owner will discover some things which need refurbishing or repaired. Greg and I looked over the car with that in mind.
- The trunk liner and wiring cover need to be replaced with originals or good reproductions. The ones in the car are home-made.
- The door scrapers and felts need to be replaced.
- Greg tells me that the running boards have some “rippling” in the rubber—this may indicate some rust-bubbles beneath the rubber. In that case, the old rubber would need to be removed, the rust removed and new rubber stretched onto the running boards again.
- The carburetor is not an original VW105-1 but is a good-quality, working unit.
- Also, the front windshield was changed at some point—it is not original German glass.
- However, all other glass IS German Sekurit.
- Greg believes that the car has had one repaint. There are no apparent bubbling spots.
- The black-walled tires are not new but have plenty of tread left. Even the injection mold features still are readily apparent.
Location: Tustin, CA
Price: $10,500 OBO
Contact: Greg Minuskin
The new owner may find some other things which he wishes to revise or repair but these are the things which seem to stand out on this car.
Right up front let’s talk about Rust. There is NO rust on this car! And…it always is garaged. I know that people tire of hearing me talk about rust, but it is so important. You can pay for NO rust up front or deal with the high cost of rust removal down the road. How pleasant it is NOT to have to deal with rust!
Now, I want to get to some other juicy aspects of this Sun Roof Edition!
As in Greg’s Article, the Sun Roof not only is operational but is an option which is going to give great pleasure. I recall a particular Sun Roof ’67 which I once owned—how I miss that opened roof with the fresh air blowing into the car!
Hagerty’s Car Valuation Guide instructs the appraiser to add at least 7% to the value for the Sun Roof Edition. In my experience, I find that the Sun Roof Edition is quite rare. Recently, I visited a large Volkswagen show. Of the several 1967 Beetles present, not one of them was a Sun Roof!
To give added air-flow, this Beetle has Pop-outs with new rubber seals.
Note that the Headliner is stretched nicely. However, the Headliner does have some staining in places.
Some months ago, Greg had the Front Suspension completely rebuilt by a qualified shop. That includes the Steering Box, Tie Rod Ends, Steering Damper and Ball Joints. Greg tells me that the car drives like new—nice and tight. After the work had been done, Greg and I chatted on the phone. He was so excited to tell me about how the car drives now that this work has been accomplished.
The Transmission was rebuilt sometime in the past before Greg became the car’s owner. Recently a mechanic checked the Transmission and reported that it is working perfectly.
A Fuel Filter has been installed behind the driver’s rear wheel
The Uncut Dash is adorned with a working German Wolfsburg III Blaupunkt Radio. This is a great rare accessory which also will help this car to stand out at the shows.
Here are some of the other 1967 Features which are Original Equipment to this Beetle. All of these not only add good value to the vehicle—they represent parts which, in today’s market, can be extremely difficult and expensive to source:
- Steering Wheel and Horn Ring
- H0 Engine—a BIG Plus
- Fuel Pump
- Lobster Claw Seat Belts with an Accessory which gives the original belt system a third
- Front Fenders–oh, yes!
- Original Owner’s Manual
Feast your eyes on the stunning features of this delightful car:
Greg enjoys outings in his Beetle. You will too!