I grew up in a small town. Athabasca, 2 hours North of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. I now live in Barrhead, just 1.5 hrs Northwest of Edmonton, Alberta.
I find that there are a few clubs, and collectors out here. Due to working away, I seem to miss out on most gatherings I hear about. I do have two ’67 Beetles, though.
A purple, not all original, which my oldest daughter, Amanda, pampers. It is up-graded to a 1600cc but has stock seat belts and interior (except for headliner—see below). The windows have been tinted and there are a few other modifications, as well.
And my green ’67 with a 1500 engine, but with stereo, wheels, tint, and other non-stock mods done before I got it.
I think from what I’ve found, the Purple Lady is a Canadian car, and the Green Machine definitely is a USA designated deluxe Beetle. Amanda’s was built for the Canadian market. Should have had the 1500, or smaller engine, no running board trim, or window rubber trim. Could have come with over rider bumpers, but likely not. Small center-only head liner. Still had reverse lights, and drivers rear view mirror. Painted flat wheels.
I did not paint either beetle, but so far, I’ve done the mechanical, suspension, and interior work. The green ‘67 has a very poor paint job. Dust and such, as well as poor masking around window rubbers. It was supposed to have been a top notch resto, but that does not show here. Decent driver though. I’ll get to cleaning them up more as time goes on. First on my list is a stock steering wheel, and seat belts for the front. I now have all the tar board for the engine bay and floors for them both. But we do love driving them.
As I said, I never seem to get out to any meets, or Beetle gatherings… yet. But a funny story… my daughter went to one in Edmonton last year. Not having time to shine up her car, she did the drive-through car wash, and headed out. Once there, she got so carried away looking at all the cars, and meeting people, that she left her car alone for quite some time. Once she returned to her own car, she found that two Beetle lovers had detailed the wheels and had polished the Bug in her absence! She the received a best-of-show trophy. I still get a smile thinking about that day, and her first adventure with Bug People.
Only a month more, due to the weather, and we will be out and about again. My Beetle is in the garage at home so it’s easy to access. But Amanda’s is at the shop out of town… lots of mud getting in there at this time.
Richard continues to up-grade both cars to original specs. He has been sorting the facts to learn about his cars’ histories. It’s an interesting journey, to say the least. I’m sure that we’ll be hearing more from him as he does so.
Thanks, Richard, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.