’67 Beetle Restoration by WCCR

When it comes to period correct restoration work, our friends at West Coast Classic Restoration always come to mind. Lenny Copp is known around the world for his projects. This ’67 he finished not too long ago is definitely worth a mention.

My Good friend Timm Eubanks and I recently completed an interview with Lenny of WCCR. A huge thanks again to Timm for making the drive and shooting photos.

Photos: WCCR

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, 1967beetle.com and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Stunning !
    A work of art.

    1. I’d have to agree! Thanks for reading.

  2. Whats the average cost to restore a VW bug? I have a clean ’64 i’d love to get done? Help.

    1. depends, for body on restos I start at 25k-35k. Body off like this 67 would be 35k+

    2. Hello, Jerome…thanks for responding to 1967Beetle.com!

      There is no “average” cost to restore any car. There are so many variables that it would take a book to cover all of them. In your favor is that (apparently) you have a complete Beetle. If it is all there, your chances of saving money are better. Even if parts must be replaced, having all of the original parts improves the ability to duplicate or locate duplicates for the restoration. Do not dispose of any parts even though they may be rusted, broken, or otherwise damaged!

      It is one thing if you are doing the restoration. You won’t be counting your labor costs. Shops charge, generally, by the hour for restoration services. So, you would be buying parts and paying for any services which you, yourself, could not perform.

      A place in Colorado has an Economy Restoration which begins at $20K. Their Premium Restoration begins at $30K.

      Before you do any work on the car yourself or have anyone else begin the car–build your “war chest”–the funds which you will need in order to complete the car. One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to restore a car based upon their pay checks. This will extend restoration time into years, literally. In the meantime, parts get lost, storage fees accumulate, etc., etc. Restoration shops get tired of housing someone’s car for years just because the customer failed to think ahead. If this sounds off the wall–check around. I’ve seen this time and time again!

      If you decide to restore the car yourself, you need these three things in order to complete the job: Time, Space, Money. If you do not have ALL THREE–do NOT begin a restoration–you’ll never complete it. It will become another statistic with the thousands of other VWs sitting in garages, backyards and shops.

      The average age of vintage vehicle owners is rising. This is because young people rarely have enough Money, Space or Time for a restoration much less the money for maintaining the vehicle once it has been restored. Young people are busy making their way in life, establishing themselves in the workplace, raising families, etc. Older people, however, generally have already raised their families, have disposable money, time and space for hobbies.

      All of this may sound harsh. In a way, I mean it to be that way because I dearly hate to see cars disassembled, then scrapped because owners failed to plan.

      I don’t want to discourage you, Jerome. But, I do want to encourage you to be wise, plan and BE SUCCESSFUL! I want to be the first to congratulate you upon the completed restoration of your car–if you decide to do it. I want more young people to become involved in the Volkswagen Community.


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