Neva Salser

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Neva Salser

The weather turned cool last evening. Just right for driving our favorite Beetle, a ’67 slightly custom Bug. I invited our daughter, Janeva Sulman, to accompany us to a Volkswagen meeting early this morning. She was excited to do so.

Janeva grew up in VWs from a very early age. She learned to drive them. She drove them to school, then to work after graduation from college. Today, she brought her big camera along for the ride and the subsequent meeting of some VW friends.

But, on the way there, she just could not resist snapping this photo of her mother at the wheel of “Baby.” I looked at the photograph, then turned to ask Neva if she enjoyed driving the car; as much as she appeared to be enjoying it in the picture. She assured me that she did.

What is it about a Volkswagen that gives such pleasure? I have heard numerous others say that they were at peace while driving their Volkswagens. Did the German engineers include that in their designs? They didn’t say—but WE know, don’t we!

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Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. What a great photo … rock on, Neva! I think one reason folks feel at peace driving their beetles has something to do with their simplicity. Getting back to the basics is good for the soul. Thanks for sharing, Jay!


    1. I’d have to agree with that!


  2. Love this!


  3. Eric…Thank you for posting my wife’s photo. I think that it is great that wives can enjoy this wonderful Volkswagen Hobby along with us guys! My wife drove scores of thousands of miles when we were raising the family. Now, she can relax and just enjoy the ride.

    But, I see more than just my wife driving in that photo–I see hundreds and hundreds of other ’67 Beetle owners leaning over her shoulder, each taking a turn at the wheel.

    Long live the 1967 Beetle and three cheers for

    My thanks to our daughter, Janeva, for taking a couple of hours away from her duties to enjoy a ride back into history and for lugging her fancy camera to get this memory-evoking photograph.



    1. Kelly Sandera July 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      I truly love this photo. I just purchased a ’67 Beetle and this site is a fantastic resource.


  4. Hi, Kelly…You’ve knocked on the right “door” for the latest and greatest on 1967 Beetles! jay


  5. Great picture! The peace that comes from driving the beetle for me is a combination of 4 things- the distinctive VW engine sound, smell and feel. But most of all is the peaceful memories back to high school driving a beetle.


  6. matthewjohnkeen July 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Great Photo and story Jay! Do you have any photos of your beetles from back in the day?70s 80s?


  7. Wow that’s so cool! Thank you for sharing this photo of your lovely wife Neva and her 67 beetle. You are a “very lucky” man Jay! I think Kevin pretty much nailed it for me too! I drive my 67 beetle every single day to and from work and to the store when I need to, and everytime I get behind the wheel, it just brings back that nostalgia of when I was a senior in highschool growing up in Southern Cal! Long live the 67 Beetle! Special thanks to: Jay, Janeva and Neva for giving them permission to share these special moments with us!


  8. Bryan Hayhurst July 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

    There was another picture of Miss Salser car but I cannot locate it?


  9. Heinz Nordorff early on was told by a group of people at a VW showing that the Volkswagen had Romance. The romance here is in the driver and the car. Nice photo Jeneva


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