Jesse Stovall’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE: L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

Editors note: FPO image, as we didn’t have photos yet from Jesse. However, wanted to share his story with the world. Once we have them, we will update and showcase. Thanks, Jesse for your contribution!

I learned about “late” while owning my 1967 Ruby Red SunRoof Beetle.

I won her in an auction in Colorado. The car had rust in the running boards and a few paint bubbles. No big deal. I bid a little over my limit and won. I am the third owner…the first two were in the same family.

The car came with the original owner’s manual with all of the service notes. Taking all things into account, I believe that this car (at the time of this writing) has a legitimate 62,602 miles. The first owner was an older gentleman who liked to collect cars. When his son was in college in California, he allowed him to use the car.

Although I was able to drive her home, due to sitting awhile, the car needed some engine work. I took her to Painters Grinding (an unlikely name but really good VW folks) and they rebuilt the engine, painted the tins and gave her back to me.

I moved out to DC, due to a job change, and drove her as a daily commuter vehicle. The horrendous roads here tore up the front suspension and I had it rebuilt by my faithful VW wizard mechanic.

After a pretty bad rear end accident in her car, my wife asked me not to drive the VW as my daily car. She made sense. Had I been in the Beetle, I’d be a distant memory.

As a result, I parked her for awhile and had no real idea what to do. I was contemplating selling her on Samba or Craigslist, due to living in DC with a crazy commute. I finally pulled it out of my garage and said “Nope. I’m driving this thing”. And I do. I love the car.

I have been doing a slow and continuing garage restoration–moving the fuel filter, replacing the fuel hoses, etc. Minor brake maintenance and some new tires came next.

Interior improvements are my current project. I am quick roofing the back compartment and adding carpet padding (thanks, Eric and Chris Vallone, for your tips!). I am bringing her back a bit at a time. The car will never be a show queen. I don’t want that. I want a functional, fun-to-drive VW that I can enjoy working on with my wife. She is new to the V-dub life but learns fast.

I have had a VW in one form or another since I was 16. My family always has had one or another. I am the last holdout and I will never go without a classic air cooled beauty.

Thanks to this Community for answering questions and steering me down the path. Owning an old car is not always the easiest, but I love it and look forward to the future.

Thank you Jesse, for your encouraging story. We all need to drive our Beetles more!

Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. Love the story.

  2. It’s a hard thing to explain to some but the Vintage VW has way of becoming a part of your life. Cheers!

    1. Timm said it best!

  3. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz December 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Jesse, The urge periodically to move on and away from our VW’s must be something many of us go through! Like you, I just said, “The heck you say!” and fall back in love with my ’67 Bug! Just something about the perpetual nurturing and all the folks you meet that makes it hard to do! Enjoy!

    1. And the community here.. I had no idea y’all were out there. So awesome.

  4. Jesse, thanks for sharing this wonderful story! Our 67’s have become part of our family and a truly rewarding husband & wife pass time. Sounds like you and your wife are well on your way and found the right VW community…..enjoy the ride!

  5. Jesse…I used to say…and I still believe this, “…every car should be either red or black…”! I love your car! Keep up your conservation efforts! jay

  6. Jesse, your car is a Beauty! And the story makes it even more cool! I had an old time VW guy tell me 20 years ago; if you’re not going to drive it, sell it to somebody who will. He was right.

  7. Drove my 1962 ragtop today and still have a grin on my face.

    1. Awwwww, Timm, you’re just rubbin’ it our faces! LOLWROTG! jay

    2. You mean, a grin on your face from your rear bumper sagging the ground. :)

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