Eric and I have been with Joy for the entire drive….. meaning—
When Joy was searching for a ’67 Beetle in early 2014, she sent photographs of several Bugs to us. We would critique the cars and Joy would move on to the next car. The search continued until September, 2014.
She almost bought one Beetle—until the owner finally confessed to some major difficulties with the vehicle (you couldn’t drive the car for more than 15 minutes at a time or the engine would shut off!).
Finally, just when it seemed that all options had been exhausted, Joy decided that she should look at the L 633 Dark Blue Bug in St. Monica, California. Joy’s least favorite color, she told us. But the car had good provenance. It was not rusted. It was not wrecked. And it had had great care from the three previous owners.
The Bug had passable paint but needed some renewal in order to be driven safely.
The Seller allowed Joy to take the car to a shop for evaluation. The car passed scrutiny and Joy became the new owner.
Since purchasing “Monica”—as she now is named—Joy has had the car repainted, staying with the factory color.
The Birth Certificate certifies that Monica was built, February 16 of 1967 and left the factory March 28th destined for the USA. In addition, the Birth Certificate verifies that Monica has her original factory engine!
With the car now having been renewed mechanically and cosmetically, it was time to get Monica into a Volkswagen Show. Monica took First Place in the Kelly Park Vintage VW Car Show in April of 2017.
Joy and a good friend, who owns a later model SuperBeetle Convertible, are ready to participate for a day’s drive in July’s Treffen Border-to-Border Cruise.
Joy took Monica on a test run this past week to see how she would do on the highways. Monica easily did 65 mph “with horses to spare,” Joy reported. You can listen to Monica’s “heart beat” in the video below.
Happy Cruising, Joy!