Do you believe in “genetic tendencies”? If you don’t, perhaps it’s time to rethink your position.
Beth Leverman, who is in the process of restoring her 1967 Beetle, may be all of the proof that we need to prove our case!
Recently, Beth’s father produced a photo of his wife and the two Leverman young boys. Although Beth’s father cannot recall exactly which year it might have been, the Beetle appears to be a 1965.
Beth has done some major work to the front sheet metal of her ‘67. She has obtained, among other parts, genuine German front fenders to replace those after-market ones. She even has been taking night courses at a local college to learn automotive body and painting skills. You give this girl a torch and she is going to cut-and-weld!
A few months ago my wife Diane and I decided I should start looking for a “retirement” project, which is a couple of years away. We discussed several ideas, but finally decided on a Volkswagen.
During my younger days in California, I owned a 1960 and a 1968. My wife, Diane owned a 1971 and in 1972 I bought a new flat windshield Super Beetle ($2,552.00), which we kept for 14 years. My brother Mark, who still lives in California has been restoring beetles and Porsche for years and his expertise came in very handy. He looked at some potential cars, but all fit into the “project” category. I am not a mechanic, I only break things and can’t fix them!
Since I did not want a project car, I started looking for a solid car that would also be a good daily commuter. I wanted something that I could get into and fix as my time and expertise improved. We were very fortunate to come across this car, which was exactly what we were looking for. We purchased the car in Mesa, Arizona.
Letha and her husband, Tommy, originally purchased their new Volkswagen Beetle on
July 18, 1967 in San Diego, California. They lived 8 miles from the Mexican Border.
The Beetle was imported from Germany, directly to Tijuana, Mexico, then sent to a
dealership in National City, San Diego County, California.
The car, L282 Lotus White with Red Interior, lived at the same address in the same
garage for 47 years until my wife, Jane, and I bought her on November 2, 2013. We
moved her to Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Letha and Tommy paid great attention to making sure that anyone who performed work
on the car stayed true to the authenticity and originality of the car. This accounts for the fact that our Beetle still has matching numbers and the original, although now rebuilt, engine.
Once again, good pal Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs and 1967beetle.com are collaborating. Chris just picked up this ’67 Sunroof in beautiful grey primer. (Laughter) It should be an interesting build. What color do you think Chris should paint the car? Stay tuned as things progress.
I recently came across another ’67 project beetle, this time a sunroof.
I found this car on my internet travels, 3000 miles away in Sunny California. It was at a killer price plus all the extras the seller was throwing in with the deal, two motors, extra door, parts, etc. Plus the fact that the car was never hit and was pretty solid, the only real heavy metal work we have to do is replace the floor pans.
I personally like these projects, you can really see what you are up against. The fact that this car is stripped, I was able to see how bad the car really was.
So this will be a body off resto, replace those pans and we are good to go. Floor pans for the most part are readily available and easy to replace when you have the body off the chassis.
Don Barker’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle was featured here at 1967beetle.com about a year ago. He recently sent over some new photos to better illustrate his story. It seems some fantastic progress has been made.
Also, Don has submitted some great articles to 1967beetle.com.