Matthew Hajimomen’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

I purchased my ’67 from a family friend that bought the car new. It was an afternoon in the Summer of 2012. He drove it in high school and to college, after 1989 he parked it in the garage, drained the fluids and put a cover over it- It did not see the light of day until 2001, when he attempted to strip and restore. It had been painted after a front end collision in the early 70’s, a really burnt orange, from the original Lotus White when made in Germany. Remnants of this backyard paint job shined through after he primed and sanded the body, glass etc. It was a mess!

After getting her home, I started disassembling- who knew a VW beetle could be so dirty! Countless night in the garage, led to small victories in finding some really neat one off parts- he had kept almost everything original.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

After stripping down, and getting to the bare bones, I sent the car off to paint- 3 1/2 weeks later, primer was applied after body work.

2 weeks after that, paint and clear- it was time to come home after the cut & buff. I chose a early Agave paint code for the job.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Slowly over the course of the next months I literally changed every single nut, bolt, wire, glass, rubber, etc. what a grueling process- hunting down the right parts, keeping the OE .67 pieces that I could- and replacing others with OEM or aftermarket components. I managed to store a majority of the unique ’67 components for future use if ever fully restored.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Then came a point where the stock engine was not cutting it- It was time to build big, and I did. 2332 stroker, Billet Scat Flange crank, Forged H-Beam Rods, Mahle pistons & cylinders- custom Steve Tim’s heads, A-1 SS Hide Away Exhaust etc. Wrapping all the components together led to 210HP and enough torque to be scary.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

At the same time I had the under carriage coated, disc brakes on all 4 corners installed- new suspension- bushings, front beam narrowed, sway bar etc. A complete overhaul to match the new found power.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

A custom Pro-Comp trans built by Transwest- Billet side plate, Billet adjustable drop plates, Shortened axles- sway-away axles- 3.88 r/p and the list goes on! Power now is distributed to the rubber efficiently.

After sourcing some nice BRM reps. off a Samba member- the tires weren’t going to cut it that I had originally ran. Swapped over to a Firestone Phoenix on the rear 275’s & F-560 145’s up front. makes for a nice period correct Cal Looker-

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Interior wise- I ran a Scat VW interior kit- Pro90 Red vinyl low backs, Red Vinyl matching rear seat cover, bolt in ready adapters and sliders- and matching door panels and quarters. TMI carpet kit throughout- Nardi wheel, Short shifter, Vintage sound radio- all the amenities one could want in a classic.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

In a nutshell, I love the way my ’67 turned out- it may not be the purist example of a ’67- but it’s mine.. and my style and passion for all things VW shines through its unique style- its my weekend choice when a cruise down PCH for some therapy is needed.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Hajimomen

Thanks, Matthew, for sharing your ’67 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 "Dick" Diaz March 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful job Matthew! You have a lot to be proud of with this beauty! Thank you for sharing!

    I am also glad you saved as much of the original parts as possible because it is a bear to hunt some of them down later! I went the opposite direction on mine after someone did a poor job of trying to make it their car! I only wish they would have had your foresight and saved the OEM so I could have used them when I began returning the car “close” to its original glory! I will never get there 100%, but it won’t be because I didn’t try!

  2. A lot of hard work and persistence is evident in this build.

  3. Hello, Matt…

    I notice, in one of your photos, that you have the Uni-Vent air-flow system in your car. Did you install the rest of the vent tubes? These supplied good air during hot drives. I’ve had the system on two of my cars. It was manufactured by a company in Florida–now no longer manufactured, of course. jay

  4. Really, Really nice 67, I love the stroker and red clothes.

  5. Wow. Beautiful build. Really like the stance and total look of your VW. Great Work!!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you everybody for the kind comments! & Thank You Eric for sharing my pride and joy with the community. This site really helped me through this process- big thanks to all :) @ Jay- I actually removed the vents (eek) I kept all the plumbing in case I ever want them. When I drove the car for the first time- they did allow a lot of fresh air into the cab- very functional.

    1. Matt…You did a nice job of bringing this ’67 “back from the dead”! I love to see these cars back onto the streets.

      Yes…hopefully you saved all of the Uni-Vent parts. They are plenty rare these days. A good set can cost between $100-$200 dollars depending upon condition (last time I checked was some time ago).

      Enjoy your car! Thank you for letting us see and enjoy it with you!


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