Jim Lafflam’s L41 Black ’67 Beetle

Jim Lafflam's ’67 Beetle

Originally posted in or forum, it’s stories like these that make me smile. Again, we’re connecting ’67 Beetle owners around the world, one at a time. I’m very honored that 1967beetle.com has grown so much.

In 1986, when I was a senior in high school, I bought the first car I ever bought with my own money. It was a 1967 Beetle, and cost me $800.

When I joined the navy three years later, I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain it properly, so I sold it to my dad (really cheap). After fixing it up a bit, he and my mom towed it behind their motor home until he eventually got tired of dealing with the tow dolly. But they still continued to use it as a half-year daily-driver right up until last month… when I bought it back!

Winter will be here soon. At the first sign of ice, snow and salt, the poor thing will have to stay cooped up in the garage until spring.

But until then, we’ll be getting… reacquainted.

Thanks, Jim, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.

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. check out the door mirrors, sooooooo 80’s

    1. You think those mirrors were so 80s? You should have seen me in my red parachute pants!

      Wait… on second thought, maybe that’s not a good thing to admit… :-/

  2. Cool story. Keep it in the family

  3. Well I guess you need to keep it. Seems it was meant to be yours…lol

  4. Other than the color, it looks to be in about the same condition as mine was when I bought it back in 1983. Yes, I still have it.

    1. I truly love this photo!

      1. The inspiration for this photo can be found in John Muir’s book, How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive… at the bottom of the last page in Chapter III, How To Buy A Volkswagen. Sadly, this is one of only two photos I have of the car from back then.

  5. I love it! What a story, and now you get to add to it. Great pic. I love the front tag!

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