The year was 1967. Car makers were tooling in secret for their biggest year ever. Even today, those names send shivers down the spines of the most brawny of men! Names such as Shelby GT 500, Pontiac GTO, Jaguar Bertone Pirana, Ferrari 275 GTB/NART Spyder, Plymouth Belvedere GTX. Yes the competition was fierce.
But what was that? The who? They did what? Yes, Volkswagen had done it again! Masters of the understatement, VW of Germany had added 3 whole miles per hour to one’s driving experience by increasing the power of its latest model to an awesome 53 horses.
But, the real kicker was that sticker which, when the driver’s door opened, could be seen on the A pillar—12 Volt. A lightening bolt in red!
Volkswagen had joined the Real World. The proof would be the astounding number of almost a million ’67 Beetles produced Worldwide, with over 300 thousand making their way onto the streets of the USA.
46 years later, one still can savor the flavor. The 1967 Beetle remains an all-time favorite amongst the Volkswagen Community.
But, I gotta ask you: Could the Police REALLY read the license number more easily because of the improved decklid features? Or was this just Volkswagen’s way of saying—”If you can read it, yuh gotta luv it!”