Matthew Keen

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Keen

It was a lovely autumn day here in England, the trees are changing and the light in the afternoon is golden. I took this opportunity to give my ’67 a run up to Knightshayes Court, a stately home near my parents. It was met with quite a few people of a certain age (over 60) flocking over to have a look.

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Thanks, Matthew, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.

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Matthew J Keen

My name is Matthew and live in the sometimes sunny county of Devon in the United Kingdom. My father purchased a new 1967 Beetle in Black with Indian Red interior, this was my first car experience and was the car that drove me from the hospital when I was born. I grew attached to beetles from that age and my first car at 15 was a 71 beetle I fully restored in my parents garage. After a gap of many years I purchased a 1967 Beetle to do a replica of my fathers car, the build took many years to finish but was on the road finally in 2009. Like many I have had some tough times, but working on these little cars has helped me focus on building on achievements one step at a time.

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timm

about 1 year ago

Nice! Love that color combo.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Agreed. I've not seen that many in the US of this color, etc.

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Larry

about 1 year ago

Hi Matthew. Nice pics of your 67. It is amazing how many people like to stop and take a look at our 67s.

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ejhowle23

about 1 year ago

Great photos Matthew. Hope you will let us blog about our Africa Safari Challenge in May. Stewball is ready and we will be too. Janet and Ed Howle

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Thanks for reading!

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matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

Yes! Of course let us know all your travel adventures, one request is if you find any beetles on your travels, especially 67s can you get a photo for us. Matthew

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ejhowle23

about 1 year ago

Of course. We are in touch with VW clubs there and should have the opportunity for photos of their cars.

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brians356

about 1 year ago

Beautiful car! I love the color combo. The vented rear deck lid appears to be from a '67 Cabriolet, yes? Brian

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matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

Well spotted there Brian, Its an accurate reproduction of a 67 only cabrio lid I made, I have a standard on as well. This is to keep the engine cooler, I'm running a 1200 fuel sipper at the moment but have all the parts for an H block 1600 Single port engine (1500 barrels are too expensive these days) plus I have a doghouse fan housing and larger corresponding fan, with all this the extra cooling will hopefully produce a nice engine that runs well with modern traffic.

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brians356

about 1 year ago

Well, since you took that comment in stride, the rear bumper overriders look pre-'67 to my eye. I imagine good '67s are hard to come by, and probably no reproductions out there. (Speaking from a position of ignorance, I'm a 356 guy lately.)

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matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

You are right Brian, the bumpers are unfortunately, "sunny chrome" repros, I would love to rectify this but bumpers are hideously expensive, for the wolfsburg west ones over in the uk they are around £450 each which is around $717, which would still be wrong as no one makes the 67 only rear overrider. I have been looking for second hands in good condition but alas they are so rust pitted that they would make re-chroming more expensive than new ones. I may go Harrington group stainless steel but only when I win the lottery as funds are tight.

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brians356

about 1 year ago

Well, I've rained on your parade long enough. Don't you hate guys like me? Authenticity is a curse, and unless a car is a true "survivor" and does not wear replacement parts, it doesn't matter a tosser. The car looks great. Speaking of "sippy" engines, I just bought a '92 Civic VX rated 55 mph highway. Of course now I'm getting nickel and dimed to death, it's got 1/4 million miles on it. Penny wise ...

matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

Brian I like all the comments, this car is a survivor in a different way, i.e. it should have gone to the scrapper years ago as when I got it only the roof was good, this is a picture of where I started to build it after I took out all the rust http://s6.photobucket.com/user/opl505e/media/now/P1010165.jpg.html?sort=3&o=597

matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

You might enjoy reading this Brian as my dads first car was a brand new 67 black with red interior and the reason I built mine, kind regards http://1967beetle.com/matthew-keen/

matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

Some more photos of interest are these of the inner rear suspension mount that I produced by hand out of 16 gauge sheet, alot thicker than the awful repro panels http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/opl505e/now/P1010107.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/opl505e/now/P1020854.jpg and the car nearly ready to be bolted to the pan http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/opl505e/now/P1020782.jpg

matthewjohnkeen

about 1 year ago

sorry here you go, eric can you change the link to this one in my comment http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/opl505e/now/P1010165.jpg

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

You can always edit, no?

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