SOLD – L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Hello, classic Volkswagen community. We have a very special L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle that’s just come to the market. Every now and then, the stars align and very original cars such as this surface. I love seeing all of the correct details; german front fenders, factory radio delete plate, colored fender beading as it should be, etc. Ah, I can hear the cadence of the engine from here.

Here’s the information we have from the owner, Thad Woodruff. He can be reached via email.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 87,700
Location: Houston, TX
Price: $18,575, OBO
VIN: 117407682
Owner Contact: SOLD

I have some history on this car and have been able to contact the second owner. I bought this car from a dealer who was selling it for a friend so I have had no communication with the third owner.

The first owner was a school teacher who had the car for its first 15 years. The second owner was a collector who owned it for 18 years. The third owner owned it for 18 years and apparently only drove it to car shows. I have owned it since October of 2018.

  • Interior is completely original, right down to the factory floor mats.
  • All five wheels have correct date code.
  • Front and rear bumpers both have correct date code.
  • Engine is original (H0)
  • Except for windshield, all the glass has original factory markings.
  • Lobster claw seat belts are original and in pristine condition and they retract perfectly.
  • Engine compartment is 100% OEM correct.
  • Backup lights are factory original and they work.
  • Lights all work (including interior courtesy, turn signals, high beams, license plate)
  • Rear bumper over-riders are original and correct.
  • Original windshield washer reservoir has correct date code but does not hold pressure (a working windshield washer reservoir comes with the car)
  • Original hold down tab for windshield washer line is still in place.
  • Spare tire is a FULDA (one of the original factory tires)
  • Original jack and tool kit
  • Dash wiring is original and un-molested.
  • Rubber weather stripping is all original
  • Engine fan shroud still has white factory stenciling
  • Engine valve clearance sticker is original (.004 clearance)
  • Windshield wiper arms are factory original
  • Original steering wheel is in pristine condition.
  • Original factory tag is present on underside of back seat.
  • Original regulator cover is still in place under back seat.
  • Original felt liner that rear seat rests on is still in place.
  • Back seat luggage area still looks as new.
  • Original wind-lace and rear assist straps are like new.
  • Original rear ash tray is in place.
  • Front trunk liner is original
  • Gas tank and gas cap are original
  • Original hood spring covers.
  • Hubcaps are original
  • Rims are correctly painted.
  • Front seats are original with seat back release knobs
  • Window cranks are original (both windows roll up and down easily)
  • Glove box is original
  • Very nice nine-slat roof rack
  • Heavy duty Cover-craft Cover that fully covers car, including roof rack
  • Bumpers have original factory chrome which is outstanding for 54+ years old.
  • To the best of my knowledge, everything except the windshield washers works.
  • The car runs and drives really well.
  • Heater and defrosters work well.

    The following work was done in January of 2021.
  • Oil cooler Seals
  • Rear main seal
  • Clutch disk pressure plate
  • Throw-out bearing
  • Transmission & engine mounts
  • Accelerator cable
  • Engine bay rubber seals
  • Clean Engine tin & car dirt/oil cleaning, underside of car/engine bay
  • Metal fuel line
  • Transmission input shaft seal
  • Overhaul carburetor
  • Rebuilt OEM generator
  • Rebuilt OEM distributor

    These items were done in 2019/2020.
  • Spark plug wires
  • Spark plugs
  • Heater cables
  • Brake lines
  • Axle boots
  • Rebuilt Pierburg fuel pump

Beautiful, however this is not a perfect car

The original pans are in very good condition, including the area under the battery, but there is some rust at the rear underside of the car, primarily in the right bumper mount which has had an amateur repair that seems to be holding nicely. There is no movement in the rear bumper.

The left rear fender has had some rust along its seam and has a small crack in the paint. Since the crack is behind the rear bumper, it is not very noticeable.

There are several cosmetic items which would be fairly easy to remedy, but I like the originality and have chosen to leave them as is.

  • The original driver seat covering is missing some of its beading.
  • The original weather stripping on the driver side is missing a small portion at the top of the driver door.
  • The original carpet shows some wear in a couple of places.

The car was undercoated when it was new. I have cleaned off a small area of the pan and there is bright black paint beneath the undercoating.

This car has to be one of the more original 1967 beetles. Its originality is what appealed to me and I hope it goes to a new custodian who likes originality.

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. I at one time worked for VW North in Worthington,Ohio and Mansfield Motors , in Mansfield, Ohio and loved working on them. In fact, I had the honor of being chosen the mechanic of the year for the territory of Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia. That would have been1967.-1968, if I remember correctly.

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  2. In December of 2018, This car was featured by 1967beetle.com. Read here, please: https://1967beetle.com/woodruff/

    jay salser

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    1. It’s a nice one.

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  3. Has it been resprayed? There are signs off overspray on the front indicator rubber and around the bonnet lid.

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    1. It’s been wrecked on the front drivers side, you can tell of you know what to look for. This obvious fact has not been disclosed. Shame.

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      1. Incorrect. I’ll let Thad chime in.

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        1. This car has been wrecked, Thad may not even know.

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      2. Thad Woodruff July 14, 2021 at 9:45 am

        Both front fenders are original. The horn grills line up perfectly and both fenders still have the exact same undercoating that was applied when the car was new.

        It is a shame that someone who has never seen this car would make such an outlandish claim.

        For anyone who is seriously interested, I will be glad to put them in touch with my mechanic. He knows this car well and he says that, of the 60+ beetles he has worked on, this is the best running and driving beetle that he has ever seen.

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        1. This area has seen obvious work. This area always looks like this when its been wrecked and straightened. https://gyazo.com/c2bcc59e7ed7c105294412e70aba8e91

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        2. “The first owner was a school teacher who had the car for its first 15 years. The second owner was a collector who owned it for 18 years. The third owner owned it for 18 years and apparently only drove it to car shows.”

          One of these people knows it’s been wrecked and didnt tell the person they sold it to. Don’t take offense but it has indeed been wrecked.

          Open the hood and compare the area shown here with the other side. https://gyazo.com/c2bcc59e7ed7c105294412e70aba8e91

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    2. Thad Woodruff July 14, 2021 at 9:38 am

      As the description says, the exterior was repainted in 1982 in its original Lotus White color. The second owner is the one who had this done and he told me it was a good paint job and, 39 years later, I would agree.

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  4. Car appears to have mismatched front fenders, this usually happens after a wreck and a mexican or Brazilian fender is used. The horn grills are in a different spot on the aftermarket fenders.

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    1. Jason,
      Good morning. No, the front fenders are OEM German. Look again, as the horn grill locations do line up.

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      1. Good morning. This car has been wrecked on the front left.

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        1. Thad J Woodruff July 14, 2021 at 4:21 pm

          Here is a good writeup on German fenders:
          https://1967beetle.com/german-fenders/

          I have double checked both fenders on my beetle and they both pass every test with with flying colors. They have the round holes and the spacing of the horn bezels is perfect.;

          This car was undercoated when it was new.

          The undercoating under both fenders is original and has never been disturbed.

          I also took a level and lined it up with the horn bezels and the bezels are 100% perfectly level. And when I say they are perfectly level, I mean the bubble of the level is PRECISELY centered.

          Obviously, since you have never seen this car in person, I have to assume you are drawing your conclusions from something you see in the pictures.

          But numerous other beetle experts have seen the same pictures and they do not see anything unusual about the fenders.

          So, unless you can provide some first hand knowledge of what your prior link to this vehicle is, I think it would be wise for you to re-examine your conclusions.

          My first hand observations and examination suggest that you have, for some reason known only to yourself, reached an incorrect conclusion.

          You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but to make an outright and repeated claim that you can not absolutely substantiate amounts, in my opinion, is TROLLING.

          If you don’t like this car, I think your time would be better spent hunting for another beetle.

          This will be my last response on this matter. I have wasted enough time on this subject.

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          1. Thad Woodruff July 14, 2021 at 6:15 pm

            OK, I think I now understand the issue.

            Just had a long phone conversation with a person who is interested in the car and I went out to my garage while he was on the phone and looked inside the front trunk;

            I had thought the question was about the fenders.

            I am totally convinced that both fenders are original.

            However, I removed the spare tire and carefully examined the area adjacent to the left fender and I agree that something probably happened in the distant past, almost certainly before 1982.

            There are wrinkles on that side that aren’t present on the other side.

            Whatever happened did not, in my opinion, involve the front bumper because it and its braces are straight and look to be very original.

            Sorry that I got focused on the fenders. I thought the fenders were what was being questioned..

  5. Thad J Woodruff July 15, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    I had occasion to give my beetle a bath today which made me realize again what a marvelous example that this car is.

    It is certainly not perfect and it almost undoubtedly had an accident at some point between 1967 and 1982.

    But, in my opinion, it is a really beautiful and exceptional example.

    After all the harping about the front end yesterday, I, in a moment of weakness, told a couple of potential buyers that I might consider an offer of $15k.

    But my moment of weakness has passed.

    No way this car will leave my possession for less than the posted asking price.

    And, quite frankly, I am wondering now why I ever even thought about selling this car.

    I think I would be kicking myself for selling this car,.

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  6. Don’t sell this car. I owned a ’67 sunroof equipped Beetle, black with red interior. I drove the car from 1971-1980. My father was the second owner and it had 36,000 miles when he purchased it. I have learned later in life what a valuable ’67 sunroof Beetle is worth. I wish I could reverse the decision to sell it years ago for $900. “Hindsight is always 20/20”.

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  7. Unless you are forced to sell this car, or if you don’t like it anymore, I would suggest keeping it. How you value it may be different than how others value it. You can get a good idea of its worth on Hagerty.com. If you are not getting offers at or near your asking price, then the buying party probably doesn’t think that this car is worth the same price that you do. It might serve you better to remain in your stable.

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