Matthew Keen’s L41 Black ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Matthew Keen

It was a lovely autumn day here in England, the trees are changing and the light in the afternoon is golden. I took this opportunity to give my ’67 a run up to Knightshayes Court, a stately home near my parents. It was met with quite a few people of a certain age (over 60) flocking over to have a look.

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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. Nice! Love that color combo.

    1. Agreed. I’ve not seen that many in the US of this color, etc.

  2. Hi Matthew. Nice pics of your 67. It is amazing how many people like to stop and take a look at our 67s.

  3. Great photos Matthew. Hope you will let us blog about our Africa Safari Challenge in May. Stewball is ready and we will be too.
    Janet and Ed Howle

    1. Thanks for reading!

    2. Yes! Of course let us know all your travel adventures, one request is if you find any beetles on your travels, especially 67s can you get a photo for us.


      1. Of course. We are in touch with VW clubs there and should have the opportunity for photos of their cars.

  4. Beautiful car! I love the color combo.

    The vented rear deck lid appears to be from a ’67 Cabriolet, yes?


    1. Well spotted there Brian, Its an accurate reproduction of a 67 only cabrio lid I made, I have a standard on as well. This is to keep the engine cooler, I’m running a 1200 fuel sipper at the moment but have all the parts for an H block 1600 Single port engine (1500 barrels are too expensive these days) plus I have a doghouse fan housing and larger corresponding fan, with all this the extra cooling will hopefully produce a nice engine that runs well with modern traffic.

      1. Well, since you took that comment in stride, the rear bumper overriders look pre-’67 to my eye. I imagine good ’67s are hard to come by, and probably no reproductions out there. (Speaking from a position of ignorance, I’m a 356 guy lately.)

        1. matthewjohnkeen October 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

          You are right Brian, the bumpers are unfortunately, “sunny chrome” repros, I would love to rectify this but bumpers are hideously expensive, for the wolfsburg west ones over in the uk they are around £450 each which is around $717, which would still be wrong as no one makes the 67 only rear overrider. I have been looking for second hands in good condition but alas they are so rust pitted that they would make re-chroming more expensive than new ones. I may go Harrington group stainless steel but only when I win the lottery as funds are tight.

          1. Well, I’ve rained on your parade long enough. Don’t you hate guys like me? Authenticity is a curse, and unless a car is a true “survivor” and does not wear replacement parts, it doesn’t matter a tosser. The car looks great.

            Speaking of “sippy” engines, I just bought a ’92 Civic VX rated 55 mph highway. Of course now I’m getting nickel and dimed to death, it’s got 1/4 million miles on it. Penny wise …

          2. matthewjohnkeen October 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

            Brian I like all the comments, this car is a survivor in a different way, i.e. it should have gone to the scrapper years ago as when I got it only the roof was good, this is a picture of where I started to build it after I took out all the rust

          3. matthewjohnkeen October 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

            You might enjoy reading this Brian as my dads first car was a brand new 67 black with red interior and the reason I built mine, kind regards


          4. matthewjohnkeen October 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

            Some more photos of interest are these of the inner rear suspension mount that I produced by hand out of 16 gauge sheet, alot thicker than the awful repro panels


            and the car nearly ready to be bolted to the pan


  5. matthewjohnkeen October 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    sorry here you go, eric can you change the link to this one in my comment

    1. You can always edit, no?

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