Rob Evans RHD ’67 Beetle

1967-1500-volkswagen-beetle-desktop-wallpaper-01Sent over by a reader of 1967beetle.com, this original UK market ’67 Beetle is fantastic. (And, you’ve seen it before) They say a photo is worth a thousand words. With that in mind.. I’ll let Rob take it from here.

“I first saw the ’67 for sale at the Avoncroft Historic VW Show in 1999, with only 50,000 miles on the clock. The car was built on January 12 1967 and sold to Geoffrey Hubert Sheppy by the Volkswagen dealership, Arthur Moore & Sons Ltd. in Great Whitley, Worcestershire. Geoffrey owned it from August 1 1967 all the way up to June 25 1998, when he passed away. As the Service Manager, Donald Reece, had looked after the car so well over the years since first buying the car, Geoffrey left the Beetle to him in his will. Donald Reece was now in his 70s, and only used the ’67 as a second car, until he sold it in October 1999.”

You can read the full article here.
Photos:
 Michael Whitestone

 Rob Evans '67 RHD '67 Beetle

’67 Beetle Rear Bumper Over Riders

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Let’s all pause for a moment and give Jay a huge thanks for his dedication and research on this topic. -Eric Shoemaker, 1967beetle.com.

The question has reared its ugly head periodically and always seems to be in the back of everyone’s mind—and especially the minds of those who own 1967 Beetles.

Were there two styles of Rear Bumper Over Riders for 1967 Beetles or Only One?

My pat answer has been to review the decklid (engine compartment lid) information. The decklid changed for 1967, in conjunction with the new rear apron style. The decklid was widened at the latching end.

In order to accommodate this widened lid, the rear bumper over riders also were altered—reducing the height of the two inner “legs” and, at the same time, gently sloping these two shortened “legs”. The change is so slight that if a person did not look carefully, he might not notice the difference.

'67 Beetle Rear Bumper Over Riders

But…the question remains: did all 1967 Beetles sport this new bumper style?

In my various communications, I finally came up against two authorities whose testimony I could not dispute.

James Kraus, who worked at a Dealership in the late 1960s, asserted that he saw ’67 Beetles with both styles of the over riders. Further, he comments that it was late into the production when he saw the new, sloping style for the first time. At first, he comments, he thought that the bumper had been damaged in a collision. Upon closer inspection, he discovered that the over riders intentionally had been formed from the factory.

David Brown was trained by Volkswagen to manage the Parts Division in Dealerships where he worked. Dave managed to save the replacement pages that regularly came to the Parts Managers so that, even today, he retains a complete set of Parts Manuals for Volkswagens–second to none.

Dave notes that “Volkswagen never superceded the early style (of bumper over rider) and both were available as of 1983 but gone completely by my 1997 Price Book. “

This means that a car owner could obtain (at least in theory) either of the over rider styles until, in practicality, Volkswagen ceased selling vintage Beetle parts.

He continues, saying, “There are definitely two rear bumper bow styles for 1967. The tube was reshaped on the inner curve to ‘cut the corner’ and thus give the engine lid more room. The change was made at Chassis Number 117-171-365 The uprights (outer legs) remained the same (as they had been). I see no other bumper changes at that Chassis Number. You can sure see the difference once you compare the two.”

At last…a defining moment emerges. The records demonstrate that at Chassis Number 117-171-365, the new over rider was introduced to accommodate the new decklid.

At first glance, it would appear that the previous 171,364 1967 Beetles produced sported the earlier style of over riders. Problem solved and case closed. Right?

Wrong!

Graham Patterson’s RHD ’67 Beetle

Graham Patterson’s RHD ’67 Beetle

Let’s start 2015 off right with an update to the earlier mention of Graham Patterson’s RHD ’67 Beetle. In his own words.

Hello 1967beetle.com.
I trust you all had a great Christmas and safe New Year. I thought people around the world may wish to see how I am advancing with my rebuild of the ’67 Aussie Beetle.

I’ve now completed the body work, mechanicals and re-spray; need to get the roof liner done and this is the one job that gives me the most worries. Forget about the welding, body work, painting and motor works, this head liner gives me the cold sweats. But, I will just have to knuckle down and do the job. I also managed to purchase another 1500 single port engine that runs well and is in great shape, so I can relax knowing I have two units to draw on just in case.

Another little story. I have a mate just up the road from me, a policeman in the Traffic Dept. He has admired my ’67, sees it every day, and makes comments on how it is coming along. He called me over a few weeks back and, yes he has bought a Beetle to work on. But not just any Beetle; a ’67 1300 but the standard. But there you have it, two 67’s in the same street and being brought back to life, amazing world we live in.

Anyway, will keep you up to date on my car.

Graham Patterson
Perth – Australia

Thanks, Graham, for sharing your update with 1967beetle.com.

FOR SALE — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 BeetleJust listed here at 1967beetle.com. If you appreciate period correct details and a solid history, this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is the one for you. It’s got brand new (correct) whitewall tires, and is ready for you to turn the key and cruise into the sunset. I think I need a cold shower.

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: 4,791 (Odometer turned to 0 miles in 1989)
Location: Las Vegas
Price: $10,500
Contact: Jeff Kondra  |  702-917-0134

Thank You, Jay & Neva Salser

Jay Salser
I’d like to take a moment to shine light on one of the greatest vintage Volkswagen enthusiast in our hobby today; Jay Sasler of Garland, Texas. His contributions to 1967beetle.com are enjoyed by readers all over the world. Also, his knowledge and years or experience with vintage Volkswagens is second to none.

Has Jay helped you with your ’67 Beetle? (I bet he has!) If so, chime in below and give thanks.