Beth Leverman’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

We’ve been following Beth Leverman’s efforts at restoring her 1967 Beetle Sedan. I thought that the following was funny and unique enough to relate to

Beth was out on a jog when she spied a garage sale along her route. Beth has been more of a big car person over the years until she caught the VW Bug. Seeing that there were automotive parts in the sale, she stopped and had herself a look.

Eventually she spied a VW bumper beneath a table. Upon closer inspection, she realized that it was a rear bumper. And…not only so, it was a correct 1967 rear bumper with the correct over riders.

She asked about the bumper “under the tables”. It was “Oh, that one?” sort of a thing. Beth said that “…those goofy guys didn’t want that Volkswagen part mixed in with their American parts…” so they had put it under the table.

They told her “$25 dollars.”

Beth couldn’t get her money out quickly enough. She latched onto that bumper and headed home. Herr Schmidt soon was adorned in proper style. I approve, don’t you?

I asked if she felt guilty enough to go back to give the guys a little extra for the part. She just smiled her sly little Beth Smile.

Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. Sweet score! Love these stories!

  2. I’d be jealous but I gave it up for Lent! Great job, Beth; gives us all hope!

  3. What a find! What a deal! Now what are the chances of that ever happening again? Great find.

  4. What a lucky find! I had a similar experience last year when I found a 67 rear bumper at a VW show that was in about 85% condition……no dents, but not perfect chrome. I had to shell out $70 for the lucky find.

  5. Thats why I go to garage SALES

  6. I love it. Proud for you, Beth.

  7. I think we recently sourced some NOS ’67 rear over riders for a client. $250. So…. You’re a lucky gal!

  8. Today, Eric sent me an advertisement for a nice-but-not-perfect complete rear bumper for a ’67 Beetle–cost? $300 bucks plus shipping! Beth’s experience goads us all to keep a sharp lookout for deals where we least expect them. I once was looking at some parts which a fellow was offering to me. When I asked if he had any other parts, he said that he had some bumpers and showed me a pair (earlier than ’67) lying in the dirt. They were dirty. I asked the price–he told me $50 dollars. When I got them home I found them to be in such excellent condition that I put the front bumper onto a ’65 Beetle that I owned at the time! jay

  9. Nice. Wow of a deal for certain. Feel guilty ???? This deal most likely helped to balance out the others she over paid on…. Lol
    Like my working, and compleat 67 radio at $25. Deal is a deal.
    Nice work Beth

  10. Luckily I was paying attention when Jay told me about what to look for in an original bumper. Still can’t believe I found it. BTW, I talked him down 10 dollars. lol

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