Graham Patterson’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle


Happy New Year! We’ve featured Graham’s RHD ’67 Beetle in the past. Well, he reached out with an update and it sounds like his project is finally nearing complete. Good work, Graham!

Greetings, A Merry Christmas and Safe New Year to all the vintage Volkswagen followers around the world. I have at long last completed my Australian ’67 Beetle. Whilst I have not been in any rush on this build it has thrown up a lot of issues with obtaining Australian ’67 parts. I had plans to ensure this build was in a genuine restoration but I had to compromise and use what I had, so it is not exactly to Australian as-built.

In a few days I will get it inspected for registration use on the roads and see no issues with this process now that each and every thing has been done. I am however very proud of the old girl – she runs a real treat and turns heads. You will note the typical period Australian sun screen on the front windscreen. My best regards.

Graham Patterson
Perth, WA

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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. Graham…I have been waiting for you to complete this car. It is so rare that we get to even glimpse an Aussie Beetle. Congratulations on the completion of the car. May you spend many, many happy hours driving and showing your handiwork! I recall the trouble you had with finding the correct parts for the interior rear view mirror (which is quite different from those for the left hand drive vehicles). jay

  2. Well only two things I can see wrong Graham. The front seats look like hours of comfort, and It’s too far away for my chances of riding in it.
    I would be very proud of this car also. I liked it before it was compleated.
    Excellent job.

  3. Wow, that’s really cool! It’s so rare that I get to see pictures of an Aussie Beetle!

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