Chris Ryder’s Euro ’67 Beetle

Chris Ryder's Euro '67 Bleh

It’s rare here at that we see a car as rare as this. Chris Ryder’s Euro ’67 Beetle is a time capsule. Apparently, it even still has German air in its original tires.

I’ve owned this ’67 since about 1985.  I bought it from the original owner in Germany. I still have the original German Kraftfarzeug brief with the original owner signature and factory info about car. This car is so original that it still have the 5 original tires that it came with new from the factory, and all 5 still hold air.  It now has about 29K kilometers total mileage since new. Absolutely everything on the car is as original and untouched.  No rust (except surface rust on heater boxes and muffler), no accidents, no paint or interior mods.

Best regards,

Sean Hart’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Sean Hart’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Just sent over by Sean Heart in NY, this L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle is a fantastic example of a restoration done well. It also makes me really happy to know that we are slowly connecting ’67 Beetle owners all over the world.

Hello, On July 12 ,2015, I participated in the Connecticut Volkswagen Association (CVA) 11th Annual Volks-Meet 2015 in West Brook, Connecticut which I am a member, ( I live in New York) and also a member of another Great Club the Long Island Volkswagen Club. (New York) I would like to mention what a nice turn out and what a hard working club. To make a long story short, I jumped on a Ferry out of Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday afternoon and landed in Connecticut. I then hopped on 95 North to a campsite recommended by the club. I set up camp and had a good night sleep. Then, I drove to the show site. VW time! I wiped the road dust off my 1967 VW Beetle and check out all the other cars and meet with fine New Englander’s and had great conversations and seen some beautiful cars..

Well, to much of my surprise when they were announcing the awards. I won Best in Class for VW Beetle 1953 to 1967. YAHOO!! My 1967 Savannenbeige L620 was the Big Winner !! Well, thanks to Dave out in Oregon who restored the car, and for the parts that I have purchased from Lane Russell. I must admit the car is a real head turner in this neck of the woods. I am looking forward to showing it off this summer at shows and can’t wait for Chris Vallone to have his Fall ride through the Mountains of upstate New York

Sean Hart
Nesconset, New York

Undercoating Vintage Volkswagens

Undercoating Vintage Volkswagens

Digging in the archives here at, we wanted to put this article in the spotlight once again.

Foreword: Rather than to address “undercoating” as a general topic of discussion, I’ve tried to keep the focus upon undercoating as it related to Volkswagens through 1979 and as it relates, now, to the vintage Volkswagen hobby.

Undercoating has around for years and years in the world of vintage Volkswagens.

The theory behind undercoatings is that a barrier could be created to prevent the infiltration of moisture. Undercoatings themselves had no rust-inhibitive qualities. They simply have been intended as a barrier.

VW dealerships sold the service to new car buyers as a preventative measure to guard against rust. It was a money-making operation and dealers loved it. Especially was it offered in the colder climate States and especially where salt was used on icy roadways.

Recently, I spoke with a former VW trained specialist. He described the undercoating procedure as he observed it. He said that the dealership where he worked had one bay with a lift, “in a dark corner”, where the “nasty” undercoating took place. He told me that it was part of a money-making effort by dealerships in the make-ready department. Undercoating was applied using a hose and gun working from a 30 gallon barrel of material.

I have had my doubts over the years about its effectiveness in sealing the undersides of a vehicle as a moisture barrier. Here’s why. I was in the painting industry for almost 30 years. If there is a coating, I likely have seen it or read about it. In my experience, despite all claims to the contrary, coatings will fail. There is no “eternal” coating. I’ve heard claims that “you’ll never have to paint again”. Why can’t this be true?

Undercoating Vintage Volkswagens

It can’t be true because of expansion-and-contraction problems. When the base material—wood, metal, plastic—expands or contracts, the coating is going to suffer, eventually. Some coatings are better suited than others. But the fact of the matter is that coatings fail.

Metals, especially, are given to fluctuations from heat and cold. They will expand and contract more, and more quickly, reacting to weather and usage conditions.

What’s another problem? It’s the fact that the underside of a vehicle is not a continuous sheet of metal. Not at all. The undersides of vehicles are composed of pieces that have been fitted to form a unit. This could be through a continuous weld or spot-welding or with nuts and bolts and washers. There are joints. Every place where there is a weld or a nuts-and-bolts joint, expansion rates will differ.

As well, the application of undercoatings must completely encase all of this in order to form a viable covering—it must be seamless. This doesn’t happen.

The next issue is that undercoatings historically were shot onto factory painted surfaces. In order for a coating to adhere, there must be the possibility of adhesion. Slick surfaces will not offer such adhesion possibilities. As a result, I have been able to remove portions of undercoatings on Volkswagens simply by using compressed air. Sometimes, I have been able to remove it in sheets, simply because of the lack of adhesion. I can imagine that vibration over the years helps to loosen poorly adhered coatings.

Stephen Jaeger’s ’67 Beetle

Dad, Fritz, and younger brother Kevin 1995-sm2

What I love most about this unique story is the connection to family and the past. I believe that’s why has grown in audience. So many people have a vintage Volkswagen history. We will continue to find these stories and share them with the world.

During the late autumn of 1966, my father, US Air Force Major Charles Jaeger, visited a dealership somewhere near Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina and purchased a brand new Volkswagen Beetle. It was baby blue and magically German. He called it Fritz. Fritz became our family car and safely chauffeured us around the base, through the woods of North Carolina, and along the Eastern seaboard with my sister and me – two toddlers – asleep in the back. Our earliest memories featured Fritz. I remember our favorite children’s book was about a VW Beetle. We insisted it be read to us over and over again. (Unfortunately, the book and title are lost to time.) Another early memory of Fritz was when my two year old sister, overcome with excitement about a trip to the circus, banged her head into the edge of the passenger door as she rushed into the back seat. Tears and blood followed along with a trip to the emergency room. Although the much anticipated evening was cancelled, I got an hour of carnival rides with my dad – a memory I still cherish.

In 1968 as the war in Vietnam heated up, my father received orders to report to Naha Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. The whole family followed. Fritz was invited too. He took his trip across the Pacific on a cargo ship, but arrived safe and sound a few months later, much to our delight. He took on his usual job with stoic German tenacity, trudging down the dusty island roads through the crowded traffic of Naha, past stinky “benjo” ditches and three-wheeled Japanese trucks. He endured typhoons, a couple of fender dents, and a touch of tropical rust but remained a handsome car.  By January 1971 my father had retired from the Air Force. We flew back to the US (along with Kevin, our new baby brother) for a temporary home with my grandparents in New Jersey. Fritz arrived by ship a few months later in good condition but missing his original Sapphire radio, compliments of a sticky-fingered sailor. We were just happy to have him back but Fritz was ready for one more adventure.

Rob Evans’ RHD ’67 Beetle

Digging in the archives here at, we wanted to put this article in the spotlight once again. Rob Evans’ RHD ’67 Beetle is an example of perfection and attention to detail.

Tell us about the history of your ’67 Beetle?
The car was originally purchased at the Volkswagen Dealership in Great Whitley, Worcestershire, England. After the original owner passed away, she left it in her will to the service manager at the garage, who had maintained it all its life. Now in his 70’s, it was used as his second car, but was put up for sale at the Avoncroft Historic VW Show in ’99 with only 50,000 miles on the clock. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in a position to buy it at this point, and the car was later sold to Ivan of Volksworld Magazine, who moved it onto a lady in Kent. In this time the car did feature in “buying a beetle” in Volksworld August 2001. At Brighton Breeze 2005, I spotted a Savanna Beige beetle that looked familiar. I took some photos of it, and checked the registration – it was the same car from all those years ago!  Via the internet, I managed to track it down and the current owner emailed me. We agreed that although it wasn’t for sale at the time, he would give me first refusal.