Todd Van Winkle’s Standard ’67 Beetle

Hello, friends. My apologies for not being able to showcase the backlog of so many great ’67 Beetle stories from around the world in a more timely manner. Growing a business is a lot of work!

Let’s shine some light on Todd’s Standard Beetle, which is a follow up from Jay’s earlier mention of David Brown’s “standard standard.” Speaking of Jay, lets all give him a round of applause for keeping the lights on here at 1967beetle.com, so to speak. Thanks, Jay! We appreciate and admire your knowledge and never ending love for the ’67 Beetle community.

I had painted a friends bug some years back, he gave me this strange 67′ as payment. I went to look at it, I noticed oddities about it that were not standard issue on a regular 67. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but she was definitely not as nice as the 67 we had when I was a teen.

The first thing I noticed was the floor covering, any beetle enthusiast knows of the rubbery type bumpy covering attached to the back seat and in the luggage area. This material was covering the heater channels, and the kick panels, also covering the chassis hump. Definitely no square weave here!

Littler strange things I noticed… One horn grill…A fuel reserve lever like my 56′ has..only one sunshade, and a cool little white plug where the hole is. No Wolfsburg crest on the horn button, just a black disc is fitted. No chrome strip on the glovebox, no ring around the speedo. Only a partial headliner is fitted, not covering the pillar posts or underneath the side windows, just a gray length of plastic covering the seam on the pillar. It just looked so cool with more original paint showing than usual.

I had to research this strange bug. She was a “Sparkafer”, or Standard beetle. No frills with this car! Somewhere I had read that there was a recession in Germany in 67, and Mr. Heinz Nordhoff just had these Standard, cheaper bugs built just to get a product out of the doors, and money for the company!!

She needed a complete resto, I did everything myself in my little one car garage…floors, heater channels, bodywork, built the 40 horse engine..and I painted it the original Ruby Red.

The chassis is regular beetle, ball joint front end, hydraulic brakes, swing axle trans. The engine is not a 1500, but the smaller 1200 40 horse, D engine case. The electricals are 6 volt, with the old school glass covered headlights.

Interior wise, white basket weave, no levers on the seat frames, you just push the seatback forward. To me it looks like the front seats back rests are a bit more curved than a regular beetle. As I said only the middle portion of the headliner is fitted, the rear view mirror is oval shaped as a regular bug, but the back of it is black not chrome much like 68 and later bugs.

The list of oddities include:

  • Painted turn signal tops
  • 6 volt system
  • Glass headlights
  • One horn grille
  • Only the drivers door has a key slot
  • No chrome in the window rubber
  • No “Volkswagen” script on the deck lid
  • The vent wing frames are body color
  • 40 horse fresh air engine
  • 28 PICT 2 carburetor
  • Rubber style floor covering
  • Partial headliner
  • Gray strips fitted to pillar seams
  • No horn ring
  • The window winders have the 67 style knobs, but are painted gray
  • Inside door latches are also painted gray
  • Grab bar style handles fitted as door pulls
  • Domed black horn button
  • Only wipers , ignition, and headlight switches fitted, no self park on wipers..manual!
  • No chrome strip on glove box or around speedo
  • Back of rear view mirror black plastic
  • White block off plug fitted front (right sunvisor eliminated)
  • More white block off plugs fitted next to rear window
  • A pressed steel decorative section under rear window
  • No grab handles
  • Interior light switches eliminated, metal not punched out
  • Gray cardboard fitted to backside of backseat
  • No separate wiring cover, it is incorporated into the trunk liner
  • I know they made other year standard models, but we love 67’s!!

Todd Van Winkle

Towson, Md.

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Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a '67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

10 Comments

Greg Minuskin

about 2 months ago

Definite Bug to look out for here in the States! I normally don't post on this site (having sold my 67 VW) but I still subscribe and I have to say, if I see one of these in my travels, I will be sure to pick it up. I think this model is a sleeper!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Greg, Thanks for continuing to be a reader. I had forgot you sold your '67.

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Greg Minuskin

about 2 months ago

You bet Eric! Jay and I have been staying in touch. Just received my smog inspection notice for my daily driver, I might not pass this time, bet you don't miss living in California!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Thanks, Greg. I'm happy to help be the "glue" to keep us all connected. Hope your watch business is going well. (Looks over at Nixon Roadie)

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jay salser

about 2 months ago

Todd...You have done an excellent job of restoring this very interesting Beetle. I am glad that we Readers have been able to read and enjoy your journey as you made discoveries day after day while working on this car. Have you learned any of its history since it left the Factory? That could be exciting, too. Thank you for taking the time to document this Standard Beetle so that the rest of the 1967 Beetle Community can appreciate more of our History! jay

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Todd Van Winkle

about 2 months ago

Thanks Jay for your nice compliments! I enjoyed restoring it-- She fought me a bit, but I did get it the way the factory intended! My friends dad said his buddy brought it over from Germany, the last time it drove was back in the 80's, I drive it everyday now, 6 volts and all! I'm glad I can share it with everyone, they definitely are strange!! Love to see more of them!

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Richard

about 2 months ago

Hi Todd, you sure have a special 67 standard for sure. Years ago I saw one which was in England and it had a cloth sun roof in it. Thanks for sharing you car and story.

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Todd Van Winkle

about 2 months ago

Thanks Richard, I would have loved to seen the one you saw!! I enjoy driving it!! She feels like she's new!!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Weeeeeeee!

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Dave

about 1 month ago

Nice job on the resto. Have you checked your cars history? It could be a Canadian standard. Your ignition is on the dash. European standards had ignitions on the steering column. I have a 67 European 1300 standard (unrestored). It too is 6 v, blank passenger door handle, VW1300 emblem on decklid, glass covered headlights. But 2 horn grills, overriders on the bumpers (no back up lights), chrome on the body but not the windows, full headliner, 3 point seatbelts (option on euro bugs). Chrome horn ring, and nieman ignition on column. Vw would use up parts from previous years and make changes during a model year. Makes it fun to figure out what you got.

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