How often do you come across a correct L518 Java Green ’67 Beetle? From my research, the production numbers were a lot lower than other colors. This one is complete, a true time capsule that’s been sitting in a barn for the last 25 years. Correct seats, radio delete plate, both bumpers in place, (rear one year only,) all German metal. It’s something we all dream about; here’s your chance to pick it up and get it back on the road.
Info from our seller. This is a very special ’67 Beetle.
This vintage VW was purchased directly from the factory by my mother during her Junior year abroad. She then drove it around Europe for a bit before shipping it to the states. It was her daily driver until she went into the Peace Corps. It was then retired to the farm. The family would meet there for Easter and Thanksgiving where we’d all pile in it to get around. I’d drive it, sitting on my dad’s lap, in the pastures for fun. Ultimately, it ended up in the barn where it’s sat for the last 25+ years.
Your mother spent her junior year in college in Spain. That would have been Fall 1966 – Spring 1967. After school was over in 1967, she wanted to drive around Europe sightseeing. At that time, it was common for Americans to fly to Europe, take delivery of a new car at the VW plant (in Wolfsburg, Germany?), drive it around Europe, and have it shipped back to the US at the end of the vacation. Having put miles on the car, it was imported as a used car, and thus, the import tariffs were much lower. (Janet’s family did the same thing at about the same time with a VW bus which we eventually bought from her parents.)
I suspect it was purchased in June 1967. Your mother named it “Babieca”, in honor of El Cid’s great legendary warhorse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Cid#Babieca. She and perhaps two other friends drove it all over Europe.
Once back in the US, it was my parents primary transportation for the 1-1/2 mile commute from their home to the NIH Clinical Center where they both worked. That was the VW’s role from the end of the summer of 1967 to the fall of 1981 when they moved from Bethesda, MD to Houston, TX.
A Pinky story…At that time, no one pumped their own gas. It was all done by service station attendants. Pinky would NEVER tell an attendant to “fill it up” because it irritated her when they kept trying to squeeze more and more gas into the tank. Inevitably, they overfilled the tank, and it pissed Pinky off to be paying for gasoline that was spilled on the ground. She knew approximately how much gas she used/needed, so she would always tell the attendant that she wanted $3.00 worth. Gas was $0.35/gallon then, so she come close to filling up the car, but never overfilled it.
I do not recall exactly why the VW went to the farm in the fall of 1981 and did not move with them to Houston. I suspect it was because they would not have been comfortable driving the VW on the highways around Houston. Also, they would have had plans to drive up to the farm and over to Austin, and a big ol’ American sedan would have been better for those road trips. Griff indulged his sports car fantasy and had the UT Medical School lease a Nissan 280ZX for him. He then leased a two-door Buick Riviera coupe for Pinky.
All that said, I am not sure why they did not leave the VW in Bethesda and why they thought the farm was the right destination. My best guess is they thought it would be cool to have two cars at their disposal when they were in Mt. E. Whatever their rationale and plan, things did not work out that way. At some point, Babieca was parked in the barn. Whatever mileage is on it would be accurate. It was not driven much.
Definitely a low mileage, single owner vehicle.
Location: Mt. Enterprise, TX
Price: $4,000, OBO
Owner Contact: SOLD
General Questions: Eric Shoemaker
Who’s going to make an offer? That engine photo; ran when parked! I love it. So many special one year only pieces in this gem. Meep meep!