Chuck Conselyea’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

This quick note was submitted by reader and ’67 enthusiast Chuck Conselyea. Thank you very much for your contributions to

Hello ’67 readers!
Here are a couple of photos of my 1967 Beetle, which I purchased about 11 years ago as a retirement gift. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed improving my bug, and of course driving it. Hardly a time goes by when I have it out on the road that people don’t give me thumbs up, pull up beside me and throw compliments my way. It’s great and I love it. The wide whites aren’t of course period correct, but everyone seems to like them. A recent addition is a roof rack from Vintage Speed. I like it.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

I now live most of the year in Palm Springs, CA, where the weather is very conducive most the time for driving a vintage VW. Summers and some of Fall are still spent in Colorado. I drive my VW at least a couple of times a week, sometimes much more, it’s very fun to drive.

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share my VW and a very big Thank you for you site. I thoroughly enjoy the posts!

Have a great day !

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

Thanks, Chuck, for sharing your ’67 with

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Very nice car. Just wish he had kept it original on the inside. I wonder what happened to the original seats.

    1. It’s a fantastic car for sure. Yes, I’m not a fan of the high back seats. However, to each his own. Chuck’s watching this thread and I’m sure he can answer that.

      1. Chuck Conselyea April 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

        Good Morning!
        Since I regularly drive the car here in Calfornia
        , I was concerned about safety, so when I had the interior redone, I used 68 highback seats and installed 3 point belts, as you may know they drive fast in CA !

        1. Chuck,
          Who did the restoration work?

        2. I thought that might be the case. After you leave Hwy 111 to 10 and it gets fast! High Back seats are much better. I run a big motor in my 62 Beetle to battle the 5 Fwy here in San Diego. Oh and it’s more fun!

  2. Nice looking Bug! really like the roof rack and the interior upgrades.

  3. I think this is a beautiful car! The interior isn’t period correct & some bits on the outside are not either but it is done with great craft. The thing I love about Beetles is that every owner does his / her own thing. VW shows can prove that point. Just walk through a California show with hundreds of Bugs and not one will be exactly like another. I love a perfectly stock Beetle but a custom Beetle done well like this one is also great to see. Nice VW Chuck! I too love those Vintage Speed racks.

    1. Good points, Timm.

      Yes, I’m a purist, but Timm is right. Each ’67 is a reflection of the owner. If mine did not come from my Grandpa, I might have changed some things too. We’re all in this great hobby to have fun and enjoy keeping these classics on the road.

  4. Richard A "Dick" Diaz April 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    What a great job of personalization! Done with craftsmanship and you in mind! I really do like it! Ten more years to go for mine to reach that level! Dick

    1. Chuck Conselyea May 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Thank you!! I appreciate the kind remarks!


  5. Nice work on the old Beetle, and you just gotta’ love those old white sidewalls! Classy.

  6. I have a Savannah Beige ’67 as well. Mine is still a little worse for wear as it sat in a field for 10 years until I towed it out last fall.

    I threw portawalls on mine to see if I like the white wall look… I do! :) But I hate the porta walls, mine dont sit right on the tire and I tried to glue thiem which was a mistake. Are you running Coker tires?

    Overall, pretty similar car to what I’m going for. Only noticable differences are my seats are low back and brown, I’m not gonna tint, I have a spline dorp in back and am gonna get a spindle kit for the front and I’m holding out for some savannah beige running board rubber.

    Nice car!


    1. Chuck Conselyea May 5, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Ryan!
      Good luck with on your journey with the car, if it would not that I regularly drive the car, I would have left the low back seats in place, I much prefer them, but I needed to be concerned about safety too, so went with the highbacks and three point belts – tinted windows because of the high 100 temps here in the summer- would love to change out to savannah beige running boards too! Good luck

  7. Hello again , this is art brown in Texas , I have followed your site for some months , I have enjoyed every picture and story behind them ! I too have a 1967 sedan , I purchased in Dallas tx , for 4500.00 , it was in great shape , but I have contracted a shop there to repaint a fresh coat of zenith blue , and mechanical needs , I’m the second owner , and feel great about that , I will make some pics available ASAP about progress .

    1. Art,
      We would love to feature your ’67!

    2. Good morning, Art…it is good to hear from yet another ’67 Beetle Owner in my own State of Texas! We don’t have the numbers here in Texas but the fervor for these cars is hot! I hope that the paint and mechanical work goes well. There are so few shops in Dallas that do good work on VWs. I try to stay abreast of those that can and do treat our cars with respect. I am eager to see the photos of your renewed Beetle! jay

      1. Art brown In Corpus Christi tx August 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        Thanks jay , where in tx are you ? I agree that there are little or none , good vw restoration places in Dallas , bad grammar ! For sure ! I’m still hunting for zenith blue fender beads , and same color running boards , any help , I would appreciate , talk later thanks

        1. Art,
          I’m in Austin. (You probably knew that) Zenith Blue running boards are on the impossible list. You can however get tan from WW and dye them. Gary Beck’s car was done this way.

          1. Yea I knew you were in Austin , I was wondering about jay ? And thanks for advise , I have to tell you , I’ve tried every where for my color beads no luck ! Are you going to San Antonio , this weekend , for vw swap meet ?

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