Connecting ’67 Beetle Owners

Connecting '67 Owners

Sent over by reader of, Ryan B . We continue to help connect ’67 enthusiast around the world. This time, it’s to buy German parts. A score for our good bud, Mike Buettell who picked up a ’67 lobster claw seat belt. Seeing things like this make me smile. exist for this very reason. We will keep digging in the forgotten places around the world to connect every ’67 owner.

I thought you might dig these. I sold a driver’s side seat belt listed on your site yesterday to a fella named Mike Buettell who lives not far from me. Today we met up to exchange the seat belt, and we both drove our ’67 Beetles. -Ryan B

Connecting '67 Beetle OwnersSo awesome.

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. Love that. The white one is a twin sister to mine.
    Eric, I will be in Georgetown April 25 at the Red Poppy Festival car show (my brother has a 62 Chevy and talked me into coming along), and I intend to be back in Austin the evening of April 26 for a conference that week at the Hilton downtown. We should meet up and introduce our 67s.
    (If you’re wondering, I’m not brave enough to drive it all the way from St. Louis, but will pull it to my brother’s in Temple and then run it around central Texas that week. I wanted a once-in-a-lifetime photo op with my two brothers and our cool cars.)

    1. Would love to!

      1. Eric…you and Larry MUST do this!!! We will take away all of your Volkswagen toys if you don’t! jay

        1. I hope we can make it work…

  2. Rachel Salisbury February 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Very exciting guys. I sold my 2 lobster claws for dirt cheap since they didn’t work. Not so sure that was a smart move. Oh well. We will be at the Red Poppy Festival too. I will have Ruby, my Poppy Red convertible. Eric, I hope you and the family come. I hope you guys don’t mind me jumping in on your conversation!!

    1. I’d love to!

  3. Wow.. two beautiful 67’s right there! Cool story as well.

  4. Thanks for posting! Mike is a really good guy and his white 67 is super cherry!

  5. I sold Mike the fenders on that ’67. :)

  6. Here’s what those fenders used to look like.

    1. Very cool! He did tell me those fenders came from you. It’s awesome seeing these classics both put back together and preserved.

  7. Todd Sloan, Portland February 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I am unfamiliar with “lobster claw” seatbelts. Can someone please post a picture?

    1. Todd: See 02/04/15 article on

  8. Hoping Mike brings Luna north this year so she can run around with Wally2. If it happens, there WILL be photographic evidence!

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