David Samuels L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle


Hello, ’67 Beetle community. It’s emails like these from reader David Samuels that help me appreciate the ’67 Beetle that much more. It’s such a special one year only car.

Greetings. I really enjoy 1967beetle.com – it inspired me to buy my wife a 67 Zenith Blue a few months ago. She drove her grandfather’s Beetle all through high school, and she loves it. It’s a solid driver and I have gotten it well sorted mechanically, but I would like to get the body and interior in top condition. It had a respray a few years back, and there is some overspray but overall it’s a decent paint job. There’s bondo in the front right fender and a little bit of surface rust on the rear fender. The interior paint is tired and chipped here and there, but I think it could be touched up nicely without a full paint job.

Thanks so much,
David Samuels


Thanks, David! We’re here for ya.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, 1967beetle.com and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Not only is this a “happy Beetle”, David–I see One Happy Wife, as well! Congratulations on having found
    a lovely example of the Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle! jay

  2. Nice looking car! What is mounted on the lower part of the windshield? Radar detector?

  3. I think the Zenith Blue is my favorite color.

  4. Great car… Congrats to your wife!

  5. Thanks, Eric – and thanks everyone for the comments.
    That’s a phone holder attached to the windshield to use for navigation.
    Pricing out a ground-up restoration but it might be way too much $.

    1. David, a full restoration is very expensive. You’ve got a really nice car as it is. Maybe do a few inexpensive projects like adding the metal trim around the rear window, but I’d suggest you just drive, enjoy it, and use up that nice full tank of gas.

      1. Mike – you’re absolutely right. I just got an $8,000 quote for respray with some minor body work.

        I bought bumpers, running boards, windshield and trim as the current ones are in bad shape. Other than that, we will refresh the interior and drive her as is.

        Believe it or not, I’m in LA and having trouble finding a shop who wants to bolt on the bumpers and boards. Any recommendations from people in SoCal?

  6. David, I have found 1967beetle.com inspires many people to do great things for others! Buying your wife a Beetle is testament to the wonders of this site and the character of the people like you in this community at large.
    Happy Wife, Happy Life! She looks very HAPPY in the pic….Well done & nice Vdub!

    1. Small Wonder. :)

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