Fresh to the market here at 1967beetle.com, this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is a respectable, unmolested car. This gem also took first place for “Best Stock ’65-’67 Bug” at the 2018 SoCal VW Classic. Who’s going to make an offer?
Here’s the info we have from the seller.
Status: For Sale
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Price: $22,250 OBO
Contact: Michael Kent
I grew up in the Midwest, St. Louis, MO to be exact. My father, with his German Lutheran background, thought the best of Volkswagens. We had a dark blue 1968 VW Convertible that suffer through many winters of snow and ice. My Dad, brother, and myself would work on the car in the garage with our gloves and parkas on just to change the oil. Spring had arrived when the top came down, and stayed down until the end of summer. In those days, you didn’t worry about anybody stealing from your car.
As time wore on and the miles increased, my brother took the Blue Bug into auto shop to rebuild the engine. Being a year younger, I was allowed to watch from the sidelines as the cylinders were bored out and fitted with new rings. When the engine was finally reinstalled with a new exhaust we drove it everywhere. Then, my brother drove the Blue Bug off to college. Ultimate the Blue Bug came back to St Louis where my father restored it to it’s former glory. Until one day, a guy from a local VW club offered my Dad $10K cash and that was it for the Blue Bug.
So, when it was time for me to go off to study architecture at the University of Michigan, we scoured the city for a suitable VW to transport me cheaply to and from college. We found a reasonable Green 1967 VW Beetle for $1500. I only had to change the clutch and give it a tune up. Greenie worked great sliding through and over the snow banks when other cars dared not go out. But it was coming back from a fateful sub-zero architecture road trip to Chicago that the speedometer went berserk, the rear bumper fell off, the heater disintegrated, and the clutch went out. The Green Bug had lasted through four tough Michigan winters. Finally Greenie was plowed into a huge winter snow/ice drift in Ann Arbor. That Spring the road salt had ravaged the body and the city towed it away in the night.
My wife’s family had a 1966 VW Beetle in her family that all of the kids learned to drive. As all of the kids left home, her Dad faithfully kept it in the garage for 10 years waiting for my future wife Velinda to return home from medical school in Ohio State. Yep, Ohio State and Michigan under one roof. It does get a little tense when The Game approaches in November. We had rigged up a dolly and towed the Bug from her Dad’s Irvine garage to the back of our rental in West LA. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles traffic officer had her car towed when it was parked just for one night on the street without a proper registration sticker. We were so broke, we couldn’t afford the towing ransom.
We got married, made some money, had our son, and went house shopping in Santa Monica, back when Santa Monica was affordable. In 2000 we met the elderly Norman Schwartz who was selling his 1940’s era stucco box house built during the WWII time. To our surprise there was a VW bug and a VW squareback. Velinda and I asked about them. Norman said he was keeping the squareback, but selling the Zenith Blue 1967 VW Bug.
So we put in an offer on the house which included the dishwasher, clothes washer-dryer, and the VW bug. He gladly accepted our offer. This was the first time I had heard of a VW getting a 30 year mortgage. We nicknamed the bug “Norman”, in his honor.
VW’s are truly time machines. I fondly recall the day when my son was ten years old. He was holding onto the dashboard handle just like I did in my Dad’s Blue VW some thirty years earlier.
So, for fifteen years we stored Norman in a garage here in the Westside. In 2016, feeling a cash flush, I restored Norman to a beautiful condition at Beverly Hills Auto Body and Paint. Norman was taken apart, cleaned, repainted, re-assembled with new seals, and completed with new authentic interior finishes. Norman fires up every time, ready to go.
And just yesterday, my wife and I drove Norman to our favorite Mexican restaurant, reliving our VW stories that comes from that whiff of VW interior atmosphere.
But, like all great things, the time has come for “Norman” to move on to another story.
This ’67 sells with new tires and a complete tune-up:
Replaced brake line and hoses
Replaced wheel cylinders
New plugs and wires
New fuel filter