’67 Beetle — “One Year Only Parts”

My '67

Not a week goes by without someone emailing me about the ’67s unique one year only parts. Below is the list of items I’m aware of. It’s not 100% complete. I’ll add more to this as time goes on.

  • Body molding
  • Window winder
  • Rear fenders
  • The doors
  • Dash knobs
  • Seat belts
  • Rear bumper
  • Vent wing latches
  • Back-up lights
  • Brake reservoir
  • Oil bath air cleaner
  • Air cleaner bracket
  • Push on generator connections
  • SB-12 headlight rings
  • Front ash tray
  • First year of 12 volt
  • Low back seats
  • Door handles
  • Front hood
  • Front fenders
  • Decklid
  • Rear apron
  • Sapphire V radio
  • Sapphire V radio knobs (Black safety)
  • Engine preheat tubes
  • The rear z bar
  • Hazard switch
  • Plastic cage for generator
  • Decklid latch dust cover

UPDATE. (Sept 27th, 2012)

This information was provided by a reader of 1967beetle.com, Jay Salser. The ’67 Volkswagen Beetle community thanks you!

What’s different about the ’67 Beetle?
This information applies only to Beetles destined for import into the Continental USA.

The 1967 model of the Beetle Sedan (non Convertible) heralded several changes. Most of these changes are subtle and go unnoticed. I will attempt to point out those of which I am aware. A lot of the changes continued to be incorporated into later years as well.

First and foremost was the change from 6 volts to 12 volts. This is the most talked-about change and resulted in a significant, new direction for the Beetle both in physical capability (of the car) and in popularity. Note: silver 12 volt sticker on driver’s door hinge pillar.

Front fenders: change from covered headlights to open sealed beam headlamps with no parking light inside the headlight housing. The front parking light was incorporated into the top-of-the-fender-mounted turn signal housing. This particular fender was used only for the ‘67 year cars. A new type of headlamp ring began to be used.

Reverse or back-up lamps: A switch was installed on the transmission so that when the car was placed into reverse, rear bumper-mounted lamps lighted. This was a one-year-only lamp since in ‘68 and later years the reverse lamps were incorporated into the taillight housing.

Front seat knob: About mid-year, ‘67 models were fitted with a knob on the side of the seatback rather than the previously used handle at the seat base.

Radio knobs: During the manufacturing year, rubber knobs began to be used. This was a new trend to accede to US “soft dash” standards. All ‘67 Beetles came equipped with rubber knobs for the emergency signal and headlight and wiper switches but the rubber radio knobs appeared during the production year.

Sapphire V: A one-year-only Sapphire V radio, AM only, with the antenna now mounted at the driver’s side just shy of the windshield.

12 V: 12 volt two-speed wiper motor and switch.12 volt generator/coil/carburetor choke heater, of course for the new 12 volt system.

Seat belts: One-year-only seat belts. These belts mounted on the B pillar and could be latched into place when not in use. The belt was housed in a sheath that pivoted downward beside the driver or front passenger so that the belt could be pulled from its sheath, over the person’s lap and the snap end clamped to a tunnel-mounted, chromed bracket. I am told that the belts were dealer-installed since USA requirements for mandatory seatbelts did not occur until 1968.

The black box: A “black box” under the hood now housed major electrical components. Sometimes the box was other colors, I have seen blue and aluminum as well as black. This box, I am told, persisted for years ’67 and ’68.

Window cranks: The knobs were a one-year-only black plastic and highly unreliable. The plastic backs consistantly split at the weak point and became useless.

Decklid and rear apron The apron was changed. This one-year-only apron now featured a latch hole that had a rubber seal to prevent road dust and moisture from entering the engine compartment. The new latch was a low-profile bar secured by two bolts used only in that application. The decklid was changed to conform to the new apron. On the decklid was the new script which read “VOLKSWAGEN”.

Rear bumper over-riders: A one-year-only design that shortened the middle legs to give added clearance to the newly designed decklid.

Body, running board trim and hood trim: This was a new slimmed design that set the trend for all succeeding Beetles. This necessitated smaller holes in the body and hood with redesigned plastic trim clips and new trim clips for the running boards.

Exterior rearview mirror A one-year-only redesigned ovoid (pear-shaped) style.

Engine: 1500cc displacement of about 53 Hp. That began the “H” series engine case to run for 3 years.

Oil bath air cleaner: Greatly enlarged with dual air-intake. The size increase mirrored the larger engine displacement. The size and weight of this one-year-only air cleaner/breather necessitated a one-year-only stabilizing bracket that mounted on the front manifold bolt and held the airbreather firmly in position. The dual intakes also necessitated a small diameter paper hose on either side that dropped through small holes in the one-year-only breastplate. Beneath the breastplate were right and left deflector plates, each with a hole. Behind each of these plates was mounted a tube, mounted to the exhaust stud on either side of the engine. The breather hoses dropped through the breastplate, passed through the holes in the deflector plates and mounted over the metal stabilizing tubes.

Pilot jet valve: An “anti-dieseling” device was added to the generator side of the carburetor. This was an electro-magnetic valve that closed the gas supply as soon as the ignition switch was shut off.

Regulator: The regulator was placed beneath the rear seat.

Axle tube: A lengthened one-year-only axle and axle tube was used on the ‘67 models. The axle tube continued through the 1968 production year (however, axles for ‘68 models had longer splines).

Transmission: A one-year-only transmission with a 4.125 gear ratio. This transmission remained the Beetle tranny through ‘72 ½ when the ratio was changed to 3.88 with the advent of the “single-side-plate” transmission.

Brake cylinder: Dual master brake cylinder with two brake-light switches and a one-year-only brake fluid reservoir. There were two metal tubes between the master cylinder and the brake fluid reservoir for this year only.

Door handles: One-year-only exterior door handles, doorlock pulls (buttons), mounted on the door frame, and new, recessed interior door pulls as opposed to the former interior door handle locking capability. (formerly up to open and down to lock)

Fuses: Expanded fuse panel from 8 to 10 fuses.

Ash tray: Redesigned without a knob but with a “dimple” at the bottom edge for pulling the tray with the fingers.

Technical changes:

  1. 180 mm to 200 mm wide clutch.
  2. New oil breather/filler unit with water condensation tube.
  3. New cooling fan inner and outer cover plates to hold the new 105mm diameter generator.
  4. New crank pulley and shroud plate.
  5. Mid-year change from smooth type to Type III annular groove oil pressure relief piston.
  6. Mid-year change to pinch-type hose clamps on the fuel pump and carburetor inlet.
  7. Mid-year strengthening of crankcase near oil pump mounting.
  8. Mid-year introduction of 8mm oil pump mounting studs/holes replacing 6mm.
  9. Mid-year change to crankshaft adding oil pockets and “X” drillings.
  10. New rubber seals added to the front and rear portion of each rear seat  kick-panel.
  11. Revised left and right quarter panels introduced; quickly replaced with revised types.
  12. Revised left and right rear cross members introduced.
  13. New left and right roof support members introduced.
  14. Re-designed firewall compartment panel in front of engine introduced to make room for 1500cc engine.
  15. Revised lower firewall plate and front engine cover plate weatherstrip.
  16. New sedan and sunroof deluxe model roof stampings.
  17. Elongated hole now cut in left side cowl at corner of windshield for optional retractable antenna, sealed with aluminum cap and black packing.
  18. New double-sided “K” profile lock cylinders and ignition locks.
  19. New cloud white vinyl headliner section with black dots surrounding back window.
  20. Rear luggage compartment carpet replaced with pvc lining along with left and right wheel house linings.
  21. New door and rear quarter panels introduced.
  22. Driver’s door armrest now standard.
  23. New passenger door armrest.
  24. Door and quarter panel interior moldings removed.
  25. New leatherette seat upholstery with smooth backs and sides; faces received perforated basket-weave covering the entire area, instead of center portions only; now seven heat pleats.
  26. Mid-year new cloud-white rear seat grab handle straps.
  27. Mid-year new cloud-white visors.
  28. Mid-year slightly larger rear view mirror introduced.
  29. Mid-year new left and right door hinges installed.
  30. Mid-year new center defroster vent under dashboard.
  31. Mid-year new front passenger grab handle with different mounting angle.
  32. Mid-year new rear seats installed.
  33. Headlamp switch and wiper switch swapped locations.
  34. New main wire harness, left and right front section wire harness.
  35. New starter/battery positive cable.
  36. Two Bosch distributors available; condensers were not shared.
  37. One VW distributor available; it had unique points, rotor, cap, condenser, vacuum advance.
  38. Mid-year new clutch pedal with 25mm offset to left of brake pedal (short lived).
  39. Mid-year new brake pedal/master cylinder clevis rod introduced.
  40. Mid-year old style clutch pedal returned, but with new stop bracket to limit pedal travel.
  41. Mid-year right tie rod inner clamp nut and bolt deleted.
  42. Mid-year changes to brake line diameters and routing up front.
  43. New transaxle casing and differential unit; rear axle, ring and pinion.
  44. Gear-set, and 3rd gear ratio changes; new gearshift fork housing nose cone; new reverse gear shaft.
  45. Mid-year changes to first/second gear shift mechanism, increasing shift travel; new reverse gear.
  46. New rear axle shafts, wheel bearing housings and covers.
  47. New rear axle shaft nuts; torqued to 217 ft/lbs.
  48. Side rear torsion bars narrowed from 22mm to 21 mm.
  49. New equalizer spring mounted on inner and outer supports with rubber bushing between each.
  50. New side levers and hardware introduced to work with narrowed torsion bars.
  51. Side radius arm/spring plate support inclination angle change to 20 deg/30 min from 17 deg/30 min.
  52. New rear shock absorbers.
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41 thoughts on “’67 Beetle — “One Year Only Parts”

  1. I now have my third 67 Beetle. The first was flipped by a “friend”. The second was in such bad shape (rust) that I looked for a third, and scavenged what parts I needed from the second. Unfortunately, it has no engine, but the body is in decent shape, though the interior is quite sad. I’m just getting started on it by stripping the interior, and hoping to keep it as stock as possible, except for engine and paint. I guess you could call my plan a semi-resto-custom. Being on the East Coast, resources are slim. Your site will be something I intend to follow. Thanks for being here.

  2. Hello from Sweden,

    …my search for this question has not found the answer that I am looking for so I’m hoping you can help…

    …I am looking at a buying 67 right but have noticed the headlamps are different from all the 67′s you have images of here…was there two different headlamp options for the 67 beetle?

    …thanks for you time…love the site!

    • Justin,
      Yes, all US spec ’67 Beetles have the same headlights. The ’67 was the first year of the front sloping. I believe some ’67 Beetles that were not produced for the US had ’66 headlights. I’ve seen that a few times.

  3. Hi, just recently purchased a 67 and am curious about rear seatbelts. The guy that we bought it from said there were holes drilled for them. Would this have been stock? Will I ever find belts for that year? I see some on eBay for 68-71, wondering if those are the closest I’ll get. Thanks in advance for any info you can give me.

  4. Hi, iv recently bought my 67 beetle, i need a rear window and cant seem to find one anywhere, im from the uk so this maybe harder, thanks!

  5. im new to this but i just got a great 67. where are the best places you suggest to get parts. i know the samba and empi and wolfsburg west. but it seems hard to order from empi without a dealer ? thanks

    • Welcome to the ’67 world! Wolfsburg West is by far the best in terms of high German quality. You have to keep in mind that EMPI is not what it was 20 years ago. I generally stay away from their products. I suggest trying to buy NOS when possible. I’d love to see some photos of your ’67. Let me know if you’d like to be featured.

  6. i have a 67 beetle and need to install a new door latch they say a 68 can be modified to work .I installed it but the latch button seems to be rubbing against something in the door preventing it from easy movement is there something in the door I have to remove, like maybe that metal guard .

  7. Great site. Have owned a 67 vert for about 20 years and it has evolved over that time to Cal look, Porsche wheeled cruiser. Great car with non stock 1600 single port which looks right to the untrained eye. Even more differences for this vehicle. Decklid, door handles, etc. My web page image. Parked for a year but just waiting for spring! Enjoyed reading.

  8. I did not see the interior door latches on the list. These were also one year only, right? The later 68-on interior chrome door latches where more rounded, where as the 67′s had a pointed edge on one side. I could be wrong.

  9. Eric,
    I have a ’67 that I bought in 1970 when in high school. A friend is currently doing a restoration on it (see Samba thread Larry’s 67). Years ago I but shoulder belts in it but would go back to the lap belts when we put it together. I have (pretty sure) the original driver side belt but can’t find the other one. Do you by chance have a passenger side lap belt?

  10. Hi guys, I have a 67 deluxe and live in the UK. Mine has sloping front headlights, disc brakes and was six volt as standard. I have converted it to 12 volt which is the sensible option in the UK with our weather although we are in a heatwave at the moment. I bought the car in 1982, took it off the road in 1983 and mothballed it my garage. Come 2010, my son comes of the age to drive, we bolted it back together and he runs it as his daily driver and we go to shows all over the UK. It’s ratty and low but very cool. Really enjoy the site. Cherrs, Pete

  11. Hi! my 67 beetle was hit today while parked. Dented the decklid and cracked the overhang for the license plate (which cracked). Wondering what my options are for fixing the decklid, since it is OYO and especially since the overhand (where the license plate light is located) is cracked — it appears to be metal which is odd that it cracked.

    • Hello, Julie…and thank you for responding to 1967Beetle.com!

      Julie…the “over-hanging” part to which you refer is often called the License Plate Light Housing. You can easily find one of these in good condition that will need only to be cleaned and repainted to match your car. I have some of these at your disposal, if you wish.

      This part is of some metal other than steel–what we used to call “pot metal”–an alloy of some sort. Check this Link to get an idea of such metal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot_metal

      If you car was covered by one of the collector car insurance companies, consult them, first, for their recommendations of how to proceed with the repairs to your car. In any case, I hope that you have significant insurance on your vintage Beetle!

      If your insurer cannot suggest a good shop in your area, ask around to find an auto body shop which is highly recommended. Don’t go for the el cheepo! It doesn’t have to be a Volkswagen repair shop–but it does need to be a good body shop that won’t just slap bondo on your decklid and paint over it.

      If the decklid cannot successfully be repaired, all is NOT lost. There are still good original decklids out there. I saw a really good one this past Saturday at a swap meet–it was priced at $80. I was sorely tempted to purchase it, even though I don’t need one presently. One never knows when the odd collision might happen–as in your case.

      Stay in touch and let us know how things go for you.

      jay salser in texas

  12. Hi Eric, is the door mechanism inside the door a one-year only part?
    i am having difficulties with mine, First off, I cannot unlock the car with a key, but I can lock it.
    Then the mechanism inside the door isn’t always springing back when you open a door.

    • Good morning, Matt, and thank you for contacting 1967Beetle.com!

      Check the following Link for rebuilding door-lock mechanisms. It was submitted by one of our readers:


      Let us know if this helps. It seems straight-forward enough. I have not had to rebuild my handles–yet.

      Sometimes a build-up of grease contributes to “slow action” of the mechanism. Cleaning, then lubricating with the proper type of lubricant, may solve the problem. Otherwise, Marius Strom’s rebuild instructions are good.


    • Hello, Bob…So, you are joining the Gang! Good deal! if you haven’t had a Convertible before, be sure to do some eye-balling before the purchase. Convertibles have structural assemblies to stiffen the body in lieu of the roof. Check beneath the running boards for the square-tubular frame to be sure that it is intact. If not, you are in for some heavy duty body-off restoration and some big bucks. If the pans (floors) are rusted, chances are that the support frames are rusted as well. If the rest of the car is sound and the buy-in price is right, a Convertible, restored, can be worth the effort. Convertibles are rising quickly in value. Keep us posted on your purchase. This could make a nice featured article on 1967Beetle.com! jay

      • Jay , thanks for the reply back. Looking forward to having a vw. You are wright,look before you leap. I have a friend who has a vw resto. shop. Vw are alot less costly to buy than Porsche. Enjoyed my 65 911 but now I am moving on. The 67 has an older resto. still looks good . $8000.oo Thanks Bob

  13. I have a German 67 am from Peru, my car comes with front oval headlights ie those corresponding to model 66 less, my question is if only for usa changed the design of the headlights or sudamercia also changed that, according to the previous owners the car came to them with these oval headlights. thank you very much

    • Hello, From Texas, USA, Juan!

      Your comment is well-taken. You will note that the article which appears on 1967Beetle.com details changes made to the Beetle for year 1967 for the USA consumption only. We do not have a detailed and reliable document for those 1967 Beetles destined for other countries (markets). Obviously there are some great differences from country to country.

      Thank you for reporting on your car. Do know of its origin? Is it from Mexico or from Germany, for instance? Thanks for reading 1967Beetle.com!


  14. Hello from Singapore!

    We have the Euro styled front headlights, US type bumpers, 1300cc “F” engines and RHD on our 67s.

    Years ago, I had a very basic resource page that went defunct after geocities was shut. Here is the archive though:


    Anyway, I wanted to thank you for creating this page. It’s a great reference!

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