Kim Lawson’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

Kim Lawson’s ’67 BeetleHello
I’ve been enjoying this site for several years now. Thought I might share my bug with you. First of all I’m a wife and mom to 2 boys, 20 and 24. I bought my first bug, a 1975 Super Beetle in 1996. It needed work of course but it was solid, I did most of the work myself with the exception of the paint.

My then 8 year old son learned to drive a stick shift in that bug. After a few years I decided to sell it. Then a few years ago, I got the “bug” again. I found a 67 Beetle on Ebay for $800. This was 4 years ago. I was “bug dumb” and didn’t realize it had as much rust as it did. It was in a field with grass growing tall around it. You can’t fool me now, I know where to look for problems. Anyway, we brought it home and I almost decided to junk it and start over. It was very rusty. But I didn’t. After much work, it has turned out to be a nice little bug. I had the engine rebuilt and some body work and the paint done at a local shop. Other than that, it was all done at home.

If I could sell and start over again, I would. Even though the bug is basically stock except for the paint and wheels, I want a stock bug. And next time would be so much easier since I’ve learned how things go together now. I’ve attached some pictures too below

Kim Lawson

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Thanks, Kim, for sharing your story with

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 November 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Great job Kim! Unbelievable that you started from such a dire state and stuck with it! I admire your spirit! And, a bike rider to boot! Shiny side up Kim!

  2. Absolutely amazing Kim! I am impressed

  3. Kim…My wife and I watched in amazement as you unveiled the wretched little foundling Beetle–then worked your magic on it! Wow! You have every right to do some braggin’! jay and neva

    1. Kim,
      I’m sorry this article took me so long to finish. I get behind from time to time. I’m thrilled to now share your story with the world.

  4. Enjoyed your story, Kim and really like the color. Keep up the good work.

  5. Great job Kim! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Congratulations and well done…nothing short of inspirational.

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