From time to time interesting accessories come to our attention. The one discussed here is a very unusual one demonstrated to us by a constant Reader of 1967beetle.com, Guillermo Gonzalez, who lives in Puerto Rico.
Guillermo has 3-1967 Beetles which he cherishes. One is a Deluxe (like the ones which came to the Continental USA) and one is a Standard (Economy) Beetle, such as ones which sold in Europe, and other geographic regions. The third is not operable at this time.
Guillermo called this past Sunday to tell me how much he appreciates 1967beetle.com. I assure you that his comments were very welcomed! We love to hear from all of our Readers. He told me, too, that he is making a notebook of articles and technical tips. Several of our Readers have told us that they are doing the same.
Guillermo and I talked for perhaps a half hour. During the conversation, he told me about his unusual Hazet Tool Kit. When I showed natural excitement, he promised to send a photo of it.
After receiving the photo and reading about the contents, I sent the photo to long-time Reader, Jody Savageau for his comments. Jody is a researcher and has many resources at his fingertips. Jody wrote to say that the Hazet Kit was available for owners of ‘66-’67 Beetles and that it is different from ’65 and earlier kits.
I have seen several versions of tool kits available. Notable ones were the Hazet and the VW Kits. In “the old days” EMPI put out a kit that was a copy of the two “official” kits.
Nowadays, EMPI sells an inexpensive knock-off version which contains tools similar to the original ones.
Regularly, vintage kits go at auction for extreme sums, some a thousand or more dollars. Even empty cases may sell for hundreds. Tools always are selling on eBay and thesamba.com, where buyers hope to find one more tool towards completing a kit.
Thank you, Guillermo, for allowing us to enjoy your Hazet Tool Kit!