Megan Vale’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Thanks so much, Megan for sharing your story with So many readers from all over the globe enjoy these unique tales of the one year only vintage VW Beetle. Did you know that you too can share? Simply contact us. – ES

I’ve always wanted a vintage VW bug. I would see an old one pass by all decorated and think it was just about the coolest thing. My mom had a 1964 when she was in her 20’s and always had fond memories of it. I knew it was a reliable car not to mention adorable and easy to work on. At 14 years old, I started a dog sitting business and started saving for a car. I started researching (obsessing) about VW Bugs. What year and condition I thought I would want.  I knew I wanted a 1960’s era bug early on because of the hard dash and was leaning toward a 1967. I originally want to restore one doing the work myself. So I started stalking craigslist just for fun. I drove my mom crazy showing every listing that popped up and the pros and cons of each one. Sorry mom…  :) When I turned 16 I seriously started looking for the bug of my dreams. I think, at that point my mom had tuned me out.

About 2 months ago I was checking the Albuquerque craigslist, where my dad lives, and this beautiful fully restored 1967 zenith blue beetle popped up! All thoughts of restoring a bug went right out the window. It was perfect but out of my budget. I had my dad check on it anyway. He said that he got a really good vibe from the owner and from the car.. The owner said her parents had a 67’ when she was young and she loved driving it so when she got older she decided to look around to find one and found this one in 1998. She had the engine rebuilt in 2006 and fully restored in 2014. Her and her partner were going to do more traveling and decided it was time to sell the bug. So I put in a low offer trying to not get my hopes up because it was all I could afford and i knew it was a long shot. She said it was too low which I totally understood. I said I would keep saving my money and hoped it wouldn’t sell in the meantime.  I figured God had something else in store for me until I got a message from the her the next morning saying that she really thought this car was meant for me and wanted me to have it so we worked out a plan and i was able to have her! My dad towed it to Texas where I live, the day after Christmas and now I am the proud owner of a 67 bug!!! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much excitement in my life when my dad pulled up with her. I’ve decided to name her Lola. 

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. Very nice L639 Zenith Blue, Megan! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Megan and her puppy and her beetle are just too cute. Great story!!

  3. What a beauty!

  4. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz January 11, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Wow Megan! You picked up a very nice car! I am glad the seller decided this car should go to you! Enjoy many happy mikes and years with Lola!

  5. Great looking car! Enjoy it!

  6. Megan–Zenith is one of my family’s favorite colors, and, apparently, a favorite of many in the ’67 Community. Enjoy your car, Thank you for letting us enjoy it with you! jay salser

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