Randy Carlson’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Vintage VW Family, Randy Carlson of OldBug.com and I have been going back and forth on this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle he recently acquired. Talk about unique. They say a photo is worh a thousand words; this time we have a video as well. Chime in below, and let Randy know what you think about “Blue Belle.”

Happy, Friday!

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. Zenith Blue has always been a fav color. As an artist myself, I have to admit that I do really like the pinstripe work. The top; so unique..

  2. Looks alright, but not for me. Just a Doctored up 67 VW.

  3. It’s unique. I’m a purist too, but do like seeing interesting details.

  4. Unique is most definitely the word, to me the attraction is due to that uniqueness. The modifications were all done in period by the original owner, and it has all survived the last 50+ years very well. If the modifications were done recently with current market parts and style, I would have run far away from it. Blue Belle has been special her whole life…and I’m happy to preserve and celebrate that. There are many thousands of blue 67 Beetles that are out there in the world…there is only one Blue Belle !

    Thanks for sharing her with the community Eric!

    1. You’re welcome, Randy!

  5. Very cool period loved Vocho. Would like to know the music system detail..also looks like 356 Porsche Empi wheels..pull the hub cap to see stamping.

  6. Hey Randy, awesome ’67 – definitely unique! Do you have any idea about who may have done the pin striping, (I’m assuming its paint, not decals)?? Looks like possibly the work of Orange County’s “Shakey Jake” (Chuck Babbitt), and made more likely due to his VW connections, at that time. I have a ’72 911 that was pinstriped by him in the early 80’s and is the only surviving 911 I, or anyone else so far, know of with his work intact. Be interesting if this was done by him as well!


    1. Pinstriping was done by Jones Striping in Whittier California, it’s signed on the back . Would have been awesome if it was a Shakey Jake car! I remember him well!

      1. Well, they did a great job. I like it!!

  7. The vinyl roof is not my cuppa, but I love that all mods made to it were back in the day instead of new reproduction junk.The signed pinstriping also adds a bit of provenance. Definitely overly personalized, but that’s the beauty of Vintage VW’s, a blank palette for anyone to create anything from.

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