After the vast amount of emails I’ve received about Michael’s L620 Savanna Beige ’67 Beetle, we spoke in depth about his interest in listing it with 1967beetle.com. Yes, it is actually for sale! Here’s your chance to own a true museum piece. Period correct, and as original as the day it left the factory in Germany. This is a very special car.
Contact Michael below, if interested to learn more.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Michael Young
This is a 1967 Volkswagen Deluxe Beetle Sedan VIN 117651175. The Beetle was manufactured April 21st 1967 in Wolfsburg Germany. The Beetle was originally purchased by Helen Eisele of Columbus, Ohio on May 23, 1967. She purchased it from the now closed Davidson-Green Volkswagen dealership located on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. Helen traded in a 1949 Chevy for $125 dollars to allow her to purchase the Beetle. I purchased the Beetle from then 78 year old Helen, on August 29, 1983 with 21,994 miles on the odometer. Helen was forced to sell the car because she could no longer push in the clutch pedal due to hip issues. The current mileage is 22,777. I purchased the Beetle when she was 16 years old and she just turned 50 this past April 21st 2017. I have clocked less than 800 miles on her over the past 34 years. She is very original including the original tires and new unused original spare tire.
The following is a list of parts that have been replaced or rebuilt since the car was manufactured in April of 1967. Some of these parts were replaced before I purchased it and some were replaced by me over the last 34 years.
Brake master cylinder
All wheel cylinders and all brake hoses
Tailpipes, clamps and port gaskets
All fuel hoses
All wheel bearing seals
Air cleaner sticker
Several ignition parts
Oil, brake and washer fluids
The running board metal
The original fuel pump and carb
The original wheel rims were repainted
The following is a list of accessories that have been added to the Beetle since I purchased it.
Original Hazet spare tire tool kit
Carbak pop-top camper unit
Under dash parcel tray
Rear engine intake grill
Front and rear stone guards
Steel oval “D” rear bumper plate
Front body mask/bra
Rear mud flaps,
Jack slot “Bear claws”
Davidson-Green rear license plate frame
Sun visor shades,
1967 Ohio license plates
Vintage suitcases and car cover.
The Carbak camper top was made in Tampa, Florida in the mid 1970’s and was purchased new by me at the now closed Classic Cars Volkswagen dealership on the west side of Columbus. The camper top is also completely original and functional with very little wear.
I have the original owner’s manual, bill of sale and several 1967 Volkswagen brochures and booklets. The Beetle never had a radio installed by the VW dealer. It still has the original radio block off plate and the original antenna hole body cap. The body color is Savanna beige with a rare “pumpkin” colored deluxe interior. Also included with the Beetle is a complete set of 1967 wheels and radial tires for highway drives. The original 50 year old tires are OK for display but not for driving use. This was the last year for the smaller rear tail lights, low back bucket seats and the over rider style bumpers. Also 1967 was the first year for 12V electrical system. The Beetle has won multiple awards and trophies since I have owned it. She is a true survivor “Time Machine” from the sixties. I have preserved her for more than half of my life and would like to sell her to someone who can appreciate how unique she is and continue to keep her this way.
Since it is possibly the lowest mileage ’67 Beetle in existence, do you put it in a museum and keep it that way, or do you drive and enjoy it, but rack up the miles ?
Hey, Mike! I suppose it depends on the goals of the owner. I’d personally drive and enjoy it. :)
To Micheal. This belongs in a garage with the other cars that are never driven in my opinion. By all means, she needs to remain pristine. A truly beautiful car indeed.
This issue has come up a few times on the web site “Bring A Trailer,” which if you’ve never visited, is worth a peek. Historically, very low mileage classis cars sell for a considerable premium over a car of similar condition, but with higher mileage. I’d love to hear what Chris Vallone and Jay have to say on the topic.
I guess there’s a good reason for not listing the price. I see that more and more on TheSamba and I have yet to respond to any even though I may be very interested. If it’s for sale then put a price out there.
I’d love to have this to go with my other ’67s, a 21 window bus and a VW blue beetle. I even have a perfect Sapphire V I could install. I, myself would keep it near this condition because it’s special but drive it just enough to keep it fresh.
The important part about this car is its originality–the fact that it is unrestored. The trend today with classic vehicles is to find and conserve those which have not been restored but which are in such good condition that they should NOT be restored. If the term “Survivor” were not a copyrighted term (it is, BTW) we could call this one not only a “Survivor” but a “Bench-mark Survivor” (also a copyrighted term).
This car represents what left the factory doors with apparently special options. It is highly unlikely that another of the same condition, options, etc., etc. could ever be found in unrestored, yet pristine, condition.
I would expect the price to reflect the above. I would expect this car to sell for much more than a similarly restored vehicle (because the restored vehicle can never approach factory condition–cars come from the factory only once). So, you see, it’s not only the “condition”–it’s the fact of this car’s originality in pristine condition. jay
Thanks for the reply Amanda and I’d just like to summit to you that it may just have the adverse effect as it did with me. Listing the price, I would think would cut down on the “window” shoppers. Had you not interjected your take on a fair price I’d never know the ball park figure. I guess you can tell I love all ’67s and have the money and the desire to pick up just such a car and may have already made contact if I knew it was fair price. This may sound odd but it’s just my take.
I’m sure you have done this seeing as you are running a 1967Beetle website, but in case you haven’t, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE photo document IN CLOSE UPS every nook and cranny of this car and all it’s one year only items. This can be the “Rosetta Stone” of ’67 Beetles.
Obviously, then post them to your site so all of us others out here trying to build one year only ’67s can learn and make our cars as close to original as possible.
1967 Ruby red
Hello, Steve….It is incumbent upon every seller to document what he is selling. BUT–each prospective buyer should ask lots of questions. I recommend an on-site review of any vintage vehicle. Every prospective buyer should do his research ahead of time to know what he is looking for. Knowledge is power and can be had through serious study aforehand. Impulse buying of vintage cars can be dangerous–there are some stories on 1967beetle.com. I get them all of the time. I mourn with outraged and saddened buyers but try to give counsel where I can BEFORE someone has purchased a vintage vehicle. Thanks for helping to educate buyers, Steve! Photos are very helpful–especially in initial considerations. jay
Hi. I thought the running board mats for a Savanna Beige 67 beetle were supposed to be black. Can anyone tell me if the beige mats were a stock option also? I like the way they look.
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