Kevin Coupland’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

When I married my wife back in 1974, we both owned muscle cars. Realizing that they were not very conducive to starting our new life together and planning for a family, we both agreed we needed to buy more affordable, reliable cars. My wife ended up with a 1972 green super beetle… I bought a 1969 passenger bus. Talk about a major adjustment…lol. After owning and enjoying our vintage VW’s, we parted ways…knowing, I’d get another one some day.

After owning 8 Corvettes and another half dozen or so 60’s muscle cars, I’d recently lost my passion for classic cars. I started educating myself about VW’s. I’d have liked to get a pre-67 bus…but I didn’t want to re-mortgage my home. Seems the collectible bugs are pre-67 …so I set out to find one. I sold my 2004 Vette, and the hunt was on. I always said the hunt is better than the kill…unless you’re very lucky and find that special piece… which I felt I did. I’m now the proud owner of a 1967 Zenith Blue, fully restored, original California, rust free, numbers matching bug. The passion is back…at least for now.

What passion I lost in the auto collector hobby, due in part, to people who have more money than they know what to do with, buying into the “hobby”, or should I say “big business”, putting pre-available cars out of your average persons price range, I’ve re-acquired in the VW family. Sure, they’re getting pricey…but I think the average persons into VW’s, are more grounded and personable.

I’m looking forward to getting back into cruise nights and mom & pop shows again…Beep Beep.

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. Looks to be a really nice beetle. The engine compartment looks very original. The Zenith blue beetles are hard to beat.

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  2. Always a fav color!

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  3. A little history would be great as I bought one new in 1967 that cost $2,004.44 and was totaled at 2004 miles. It was Zenith Blue as well. Koni shocks on front, Cibie driving lights and a mahogany dash cover with the holes perfectly placed (for a 17 year old!). I gave up my hops and barley growing project to concentrate on our present ’67 bug (from Sacramento via Reliable Carriers). It sits in the garage now waiting for Iowa salt to be washed away in Spring.
    Drive that sucker, dude!

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  4. Welcome to the ’67 Beetle Community, Kevin! We, too, love that Zenith color–it brings back fond memories of our “Friendly”–an equally nice ’67 Zenith which I rescued from a street corner where it sat forlornly. Enjoy driving your Beetle! jay

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  5. Michael Slusser February 2, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    I have to say this is a beautiful car, as I have one identical to it. This Spring I will have to splurge on replacing the bumpers, which the previous owner did about 25 years ago. These were pitting when I got it in 2015, but only noticeable up close.

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