Joel Palmer’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle


It’s stories like these appearing in my inbox that make me sing to the cadence of an air cooled engine. Thanks for sharing, Joel. The ’67 Beetle community around the world is here for you! I’m sure we will be learning more about this L282 Lotus White gem very soon.


I have acquired a one owner, 74,000 mile 1967 Type 1 sedan and am very excited about beginning the recommissioning of a car that has sat for 28 years (unloved) in a garage here in Philadelphia.

With the help of Chris Radbill Automotive, here in West Chester, we are going to bring this car back. I have attached two photos and am also sending two links to short videos shot at Chris Radbill Automotive after the car was up and running. One shot is the car being hauled onto a flat bed; the other is the original Pennsylvania plate with the last tags for it (12-1987)

Although it was towed out of the garage on four (4) flat tires, they did hold air at the shop. Chris has it running from a rear bumper-mounted gas can (please see links) and we are taking the next step of getting to a point where it will be able to pass state inspection (new brakes and tires; rusty rocker panel replaced, tune up and carb rebuild, oil change; trans axle oil, and major service).

I am very grateful for and Classic VW Bugs for tons of advice and guidance going forward, Thank you for your service to the hobby and stay tuned as we bring this 1967 back.


Rear License ta PA

Roswitha, at Wolfsburg VW Museum, has confirmed that this Chassis (117 689 445) and engine (HO674 492) are the matching pair that this car left the factory with in May 1967 (Lotus White with Black Leatherette). Since the car was garaged in 1987 (and never left) and we have lots of service records, it appears that the mileage at 74K is also correct.

I love it!

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. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz February 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    What a great find! I am looking forward to seeing the progress of your car the final product when completed! Wonderful opportunity! Good luck Joel!

  2. A true “garage find”! Wonderful story which is having a happier ending than it might have been.

    Our VW friend, David Brown, of Pennsylvania, upon seeing this story said to me: “Nice find there in Philadelphia. I see the Car was originally from Moore VW which was on Broad Street ( Rt 611 ) near center city. The Dealer that I worked for (Wilke VW) was on Frankfort Avenue in the Northeast part of Philadelphia. I used to go Moore VW to pick up and deliver Parts.”

    Let’s keep rescuing these wonderful Beetles! jay

  3. I love it, the car, the story, the video! And you gotta save the decal under the tag!

    1. Sam and Jay (and all): the car has (mostly) its original paint and I plan on repainting the car after needed body work is done; nose needs straightening and rocker panel replacement. I am planning on carefully heating and removing the “One Moore Volkswagen” sticker and preserving it. I would like to hear from folks whether to go with original (one stage) paint, or the newer base coat/clear coat. This will not be a show car but not a daily driver either

      1. Hello, Joe…I am happy to hear you making plans for the car. Don’t stop at a “General Plan”–get to the specifics. Probably the biggest and most expensive part of the restoration will be the metal work. If the heater channels are rusted, it is likely that the pans, also are rusted. This can be expensive, time-consuming and tedious. Heater channel replacement is not for the faint-hearted. Get professional advice, at the very least. Keep all of us aware of your progress! jay

      2. Joe…I forgot to comment about paint. Most shops today will not use any procedure but base-coat–clear-coat because of Government/EPA regulations. You might find an individual who would/could paint using single stage paint. Unless you do the work yourself–then you might find the single stage paint in a color which you like. If you paint the car the original color it will be better as far as originality. Before you repaint, let me suggest that you lift the trunk liner (under front hood) to see if any of the factory crayon markings still exist. You can photograph these and look under “Technical” on under M-Codes to see if you can learn more about your car as it left the factory. jay

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