Just sent over to 1967beetle.com, this L633 VW Blue ’67 Vert is a fantastic car with a unique history. I’ll let Tim take it from here.
I recently “adopted” this 1967 Convertible and I thought your readers might get a kick out of seeing it. I love 1967beetle.com and appreciate your attention to this special “One Year Only” car.
My friends grandmother purchased this VW bug on Sept. 26 1966. She loved this car and rarely drove it. It has an astonishing 19,800 original miles! I have every receipt from day 1, including the window sticker, sales receipt, owners manual, etc. When she passed away a few years ago our friends took the car, but found it difficult to care for it. Since I love VWs (I owed a 1963 Transporter Panel 10 years ago), I adopted the family heirloom about a month ago. Given that this car spent it’s whole life in Illinois, there was some pretty bad rust damage to the under carriage. I had the support rails replaced, the shock towers replaced, and the metal under the both front fenders replaced. It cost a small fortune, but it saved this car from literally falling apart.
Mark, tell me a little about yourself, your background and how you got into restoring Volkswagen Beetles?
My earliest memories of VWs came as a child riding in the home made dune buggies my dad and uncles had up north. The first Beetle (Black Herbie) in our family came when I was about eight. My dad purchased this bug with a blown motor with plans to put the transmission in our dune buggy. As the story goes my dad ended up finding a separate transmission and engine. The transmission went in the buggy and the engine in Black Herbie. My dad drove Black Herbie for a few years before my aunt’s car rolled into him. At that point we got White Herbie.
My dad drove White Herbie for a few years then purchased a different car for himself and let me tinker with White Herbie. After working on him I told my parents that I wanted a different bug to work on. They told me that we would have to sell White Herbie. With that money they would buy me a Beetle that I could do whatever I wanted to with. That is when I got my first Beetle , a 1968. I ended fixing Harvey up. Since I still couldn’t drive, I sold and purchased yet another Beetle. This time a 1972 Super Beetle named Clyde.
As you may have noticed the trend had started. I also sold Clyde, just to purchase another Beetle. When my sixteenth birthday came I had bought and sold enough Beetles that I now had enough money to build myself a nice Baja Bug. As high school went on I kept buying more Beetles. Some I fixed and sold while others I parted out. At times there were five to six Beetles sitting in our driveway.
By the time I finally decided to make the leap and reconnect with the Volkswagen of my youth, my children were grown and pretty much out of my wallet. I was well into retirement. I also believed I was old enough, and wise enough, to get involved in what surely would become an addictive and expensive hobby. The ’67 Beetle.
My search involved about four years of mostly stopping and checking out every Volkswagen Bug I saw for sale, and eventually jumping onto craigslist to expand my search. I wasn’t looking for any particular year, but wanted a daily driver, and to stay in the 1960′s because that is the era I grew up in.
I spend so much time focusing on tips, tutorials, classifieds, interviews, etc here at 1967beetle.com that I often forget that I, too, own a ’67 Beetle. (L620 Savanna Beige) It was originally purchased in Atlanta, GA by my Grandfather whom I love dearly. Here are some photos from a cold, foggy drive around the Alameda NAS Sunday morning.
I love this great hobby, and I’m happy to showcase so many great vintage Volkswagen stories from around the world. Keep sending those emails. If you own a ’67 Beetle, we would love to feature your vintage pride and joy here at 1967beetle.com.
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.