Gavin LaMaide’s (Show Winning) ’67 Beetle

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Editors note: Sorry for the delay here at We are finally moved back to our hometown of Atlanta, GA and are slowly coming back online. There are boxes and VW parts everywhere! It’s a huge mess. In fact, my own ’67 Beetle is resting in my Dad’s garage until I have time to make room for it at our new (very very old) house. Thanks, Gavin for the article.

Hello 1967,

Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a Fall Festival Car Show. I was ready to go the night before washing, waxing, and taking care of little things I thought would earn accolades from the judges. The next morning it looked as if it would be a beautiful fall day —in fact I’d say it was perfect! I got to the event early, 8:15am and already I was the twenty second car to register. The registration booth volunteers were tense as several parking volunteers had not shown up. In any case they had to make room for 100+ cars.

I quickly realized I had just entered a car show featuring muscle cars and very expensive modified cars from the 30’s & 40’s. These cars were perfect! I honestly felt as if I was in the midst of a Barrett-Jackson sanctioned event! A few of the cars were for sale like a 69’ Camaro for $19,500. I watched as more and more cars poured in and some John Deere tractors as well, sharing the day at the show. I walked around and realized my 67’ was not only the lone Beetle, it was the only Volkswagen at the show…

It was a fun and delightful group of participants. Shaking hands, sharing greetings and testosterone driven discussion of the 442, posi traction hot rod stuff you would expect.

The show wore on. One gentleman in particular walked up to the ol’ bug with a big huge smile and said, “I used to sell these back in the day…I haven’t seen a 67’ like this since I left the dealership!” He proceeded to verbalize the list of one-year parts. He new his stuff. He even made it a point to lift the deck lid and check if the latch dust cover was there! I could hear this guy thinking, recalling his long lost youth. It was so much fun to reminisce with him.

Dimitris Razis ’67 Beetle – An Autumn Drive

As I’ve said before, if not for the ’67 Beetle community around the world would not be such a success. Thanks to all contribute their ’67 Beetle stories. Here’s one from Dimitris Razis in Greece. Sit back and enjoy.

It’s been some time since we spoke. I am sending you a short film I made. It is from an nice little Autumn drive I did last Saturday around the Athen’s suburbs with my ‘67 Beetle. I hope you enjoy it!

’67 Beetle Windshield Wiper Assembly Rebuild

329887This fantastic article was submitted by our friend Richard Diaz. Thanks, for your contribution to!

The journey started some months back with finding water on the mats inside my ’67 “Papa’s Slugbug” after I washed the car! I casually would look for the entry point of the water and just couldn’t figure out where it was entering! Then one day recently while lifting the wipers blades to clean the windshield, I saw it! The rubber grommet, (inner and outer bearing seal) on the driver’s side, that surrounded the wiper shaft and created a seal for the wiper assembly was hardened and cracked! I checked the passenger’s side and the same thing! But, there was something different between the two sides; the passenger’s side had a nut that threaded over the wiper shaft and held the entire wiper assembly! The driver’s side did not! (I purchased Papa’s Slugbug three years ago from a previous owner who did an incomplete and poor restoration).

Realizing that I was missing some parts, I made a trip to Larry’s Foreign Car Repair in Ventura, California, to hopefully pick up a nut that I was sure would be hard to find since, after all, this is a 1967 Volkswagen known for one-year-only parts! Larry is an “old school” Volkswagen mechanic and he quickly noticed that I was missing not only the brass nut, but also the stainless steel washers that are placed between the rubber grommet (inner and outer bearing seal) and the nut! They had to be brass and stainless steel to avoid rusting. Larry found some for me, but recommended that I replace the wiper shafts while I was at it, since I would have to pull the entire wiper assembly unit to replace the rubber grommets anyway! I never question Larry’s advice!

Online, I went to Airhead Parts, where I ordered new wiper shafts, rubber grommets and bushings for the wiper linkage arms! Not cheap, but while I was at it, I figured that I better do it right! As soon as I received the parts, I removed the wiper assembly and got started. The first thing that I noticed with the parts I received was that not only was I missing the previously mentioned parts, but on the back side of the wiper assembly there are a number of other critical parts: spring washer, brass nut and another stainless steel flat washer that is placed against the other side of the rubber grommet! Also on the outside there is supposed to be a wiper shaft seal to prevent water from entering the wiper shaft. Most of those parts on my wiper assembly were missing! Luckily Airhead Parts provides them and has them placed on the new wiper shaft in the order they need to be placed! Also the new wiper link bushings for the linkage assembly came with new C- clips.

SOLD – L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE – L456 Ruby Red '67 BeetleJust listed for sale here at This is a very very nice L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle, just waiting for someone to take it home. Original interior, engine is very clean, Germany front bumpers and fenders. Sure, the fuel pump could be replaced with one of our correct German Pierburg pumps, or perhaps a VW 105-1 carb. However, I don’t think this car needs much at all to be perfect and 100% correct to factory specs.

“Selling my 1967 VW beetle, too many cars and hate to see it go but I hardly ever drive it and this car needs to be enjoyed by the next owner.

You know the 1967 is a masterpiece, and most desirable year. This car has had 3 owners and I have EVERY receipt from new and in a book for you to look at.

This Beetle was painted one time in 1998 and I have a picture of the receipt listed. It was completely taken apart, and the jambs were left original. The only reason for the new paint was to freshen up the faded original. NEVER any rust or damage, and ALWAYS garaged since new.

Interior is ALL original, and close to mint condition.

Engine was rebuilt in 2006, and looks and runs like new, check the pictures.

This is probably one of the nicest original Beetles you will ever find, I promise you won’t be disappointed!”

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 80,000
Location: North Carolina
Price: Bidding on eBay
Contact: Bidding on eBay  |  828-808-3864

FOR SALE – L41 Black ’67 Beetle

Just listed for sale here at 1967beetle.comL41 Black in the correct color combination. There’s not much more I can say about this ’67 Beetle, other than the fact that I’d love to park it in my garage. Here’s the info we have from the seller with a nice video to finish it all off. Who’s going to make an offer?

We are pleased to present this thoughtfully restored 1967 Volkswagen Beetle for your consideration. For most VW enthusiasts, the model year 1967 holds a special attraction. It’s been recognized and argued as the best year of the Beetle. It was the first year for the near 1500cc engine, first year for 12-volt electrics, first year for the standard upright headlights, and what would end up being the last year for the smaller bumpers and painted dash. There are many one year only parts on the ’67 model year, especially the US spec versions and all of these attributes have made it the most recognizable and desirable Beetles out there.

Status: FOR SALE
Mileage: 32,141
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Price: $16,900
Contact: (616) 855-6600  |