Steve Parker’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Steve Parker

It’s emails like these that make me realize just how much fellow ’67 enthusiast enjoy the labor of love efforts that go into

Thanks for writing Steve, and sharing your fantastic L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle with the world.

I’ve been a subscriber to your wonderful site for a while now, the regular emails are always welcome. I thought it about time I shared with you my unique ’67 Beetle story. I own what I believe to be the only U.S spec 1967 Bug in New Zealand.

The car was imported here in 1968 from Washington DC by the owner,Max Bumpers (Cool name huh) who was transferred down-under with ‘Operation Deep freeze’ a long-standing military joint venture between NZ, Australia & the U.S based in Christchurch, to monitor & protect the Antarctic. Most U.S staff bought cars with them as NZ had strict import restrictions in those days, making new cars here very expensive.

The original owner never returned to the U.S and kept his bug until about 2004.

SOLD – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

For Sale – L620 Savanna Beige ’67 BeetleJust listed for sale here at This is a very nice L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle, just waiting for someone to take it home. It does not get much better than this.

Info from the seller.

Offered is a one owner Volkswagen Beetle 1967 until July of 2006. This 1967 Volkswagen was bought new at Universal Motors Inc. in Huntsville Alabama by Neal Thompson on 7/13/1967 and has been a southern car ever since covering only 39,710 miles. When Mr. Thompson passed away in 1998 the car went to his surviving spouse Mildred Butler. After her passing the car was purchased by a close friend Lela Mayo of Bradford TN.

I purchased the car in February of 2008 after a multiyear search for a 1967 VW. Optional equipment includes opening side windows ($24), 5 whitewall tires ($35) and leatherette black interior ($30) for a subtotal of $1728 with the $72.95 transportation charge bringing the Beetle to a bottom line of $1,800.95. The original window sticker and owner’s manual are included as well as the original keys.

It is believed that the car had a rear fender damaged and when repaired the car was given a new paint job in its original Savannah beige. The paint looks very nice but has some blemishes in spots. The interior is all original paint and looks great. All of the door seals, front/rear hood seals and door window scrapers have been replaced. All glass is original with new seals. The headliner has been replaced as well as the panels and carpet. The dash and steering wheel look exceptionally good. Mechanically the car runs out great. The clutch is smooth, no oil leaks and everything under the hood is as it was from the factory.

The motor performs excellent and the brakes are very strong. This Beetle has new shocks as well as all new bushings and ball joints and needs nothing in the running gear. The undercarriage has a light patina and no rust. This is a well documented survivor 48 year old Volkswagen. As well as these cars were designed and constructed they were inexpensive transportation.

Thousands of them have been destroyed, modified and just discarded with very few surviving like this one. I am selling this car because of a disability that makes it very difficult for me to enter and exit the car. I hunted for years for a 67 of this caliber and now I am letting it go.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 39,710 miles
Location: Illinois
Price: Bidding on eBay
Contact: Bidding on eBay

’67 Beetle Pedal Cluster


Editors note: Jay, you’ve outdone yourself with this one. The ’67 Beetle community around the world thanks you for your in depth knowledge of these great old cars. Let’s all take a moment to shine our timing lights in the direction of Garland, TX.

It occurred to me a few years ago that in the case of parts failures for my 1967 Beetle, I had few spare parts to call upon. I began in earnest to collect—first, only major parts which might fail and be more costly to replace down-the-road. Soon, I was examining possibilities for more parts. Eventually, I had collected so many parts that my inventory, if you could call it that—was in terrible disarray! Parts were crammed here and there on shelves.

Neva offered to help me. She sat with a clip board as I unloaded the shelves and began to reassemble the parts in a meaningful manner. Neva noted each part, numbering and naming each, including which shelf it called home. Soon, we had the job done—shelves and a large lateral filing cabinet.

My next operation was to transfer all to my computer. I called the file: VW Inventory. Now, I easily could locate any part which I had saved. Later, I went through the Inventory and rearranged in groupings of related parts, including condition (new, restored, used) and number of units of each part.

I had it in the back of my mind to restore and inventory a Pedal Cluster for my Beetle. I placed a Cluster on my work bench to remind me. On an opportune day, I scavenged every Cluster which I could find in my storage area. Now, the task was to sort to find appropriate examples to restore. I decided to restore two, since we also have a 1968 Karmann Ghia Coupe—which takes the same Cluster.

This discussion concerns only left-hand drive vehicles. There are extra components for the right-hand drive clusters.

When considering the Clusters, I had to note the condition of the Housings—that’s what I call the base unit to which the Pedals affix. The Housings are of cast aluminum. Over the years, moisture accumulates at the low spot where the Housing bolts to the tunnel. Corrosion and pitting occur, rendering many Housings unsuitable for reuse. This shows the importance of good rubber seals all around the car—to prevent moisture infiltration.

Right away, I discovered that I had two different Cluster Housings in my stash. Both styles bear the same VW Part Number: 113-721-109A. I checked my own Beetle and decided to use the example which corresponded to its Cluster Housing configuration. The difference can be seen in comparative Photograph # 1. Note the Accelerator Pedal Stop protrusion in the right hand example.

Vintage Volkswagen Bumper Differences

NOS '67 Beetle Front Bumper

Not a week goes by without someone emailing about their bumpers. The conversation usually goes something like this.

“Hey, I’m about to re-chrome my bumpers but am not sure if they are German or not. Is there any chance you can you help?”

You’ve come to the right place; let’s talk. To keep it simple, there are 2 different types of bumpers on the market today; original and aftermarket. But it gets more confusing than just that statement alone. If you don’t have a trained eye and know what to look for, your restoration could end up with the lessor of the two. I’ve had this happen myself.

Let’s explain the differences I’m aware of. This research comes from many conversations with the amazing Jay Salser, research from John Henry, along with our friends at Wolfsburg West.

The easiest way to spot these cheap bumpers is the ugly black plastic grommet between the overrider tube and the blade. Unlike the better quality units, the fit isn’t there to allow a smooth union between the parts. This also means the tooling making these bumpers is so worn out it can’t even get close to the right tolerance. Once you know this, this grommet screams “cheap aftermarket!!” And the plating at the end of the tubes is usually notoriously poor, leading to rust forming easily and quickly in this area. A bolt accessible from inside the blade secures the tube to it. Here’s a look at that cheap plastic wedge up close. 

Rich Tegge’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Tell us about the history of your ’67 Beetle?
I grew up with a beetle. Mom had a ’68 savannah beige auto stick she bought brand new. I was born in ’73 so my earliest memories include that VW. We moved to Florida in 1988 and left the VW behind. 20 years of Wisconsin winters and road salt had taken its toll. No matter what, vintage cars remained in my blood.

The story of my beetle starts in Sarasota, FL. In the spring of 1990. I was 16 and just got my driver license about a month before. I was working in the front yard when I heard this god awful racket of a car ripping down the street. It was white with a patina of reddish surface rust, red late-model doors, no bumpers, and a loud, aftermarket exhaust. I could tell it was a ’67 from front fenders. About two minutes later it flew down the street again. All I could think was “COOL!”