Correct Running Board Color Combinations

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Correct Running Board Color Combinations

Digging in the archives here at, we wanted to put this article in the spotlight once again.

Let’s talk about running boards in regards to the ’67 Beetle. Over years of wear and tear, they are often times replaced with the common black version. However, you may not be aware that 1967 was a very innovative year for Volkswagen. A deluxe ’67 Beetle would originally be fitted with running boards and fender beading to match the body paint color. In the event you’re looking to bring your ’67 Beetle back to its former glory, I’ve provided the correct color combinations, as well as a chart illustrating the information. You can download below.

Body color – Running board color

L41 Black – Black – 
L282 Lotus White – Savanna Beige
L456 Ruby Red – Black
L518 Java Green – Black
L620 Savanna Beige – Savanna Beige
L633 VW Blue – Black
L639 Zenith Blue – Zenith Blue
L19K Yukon Yellow – Black
L54 Poppy Red – Black

Note: Colored running board mats were only installed onto deluxe and convertible models, standard models (hardtop and sunroof) were equipped with black mats, regardless of the exterior paint scheme.

Zenith Blue running boards are very hard to find. Gary Beck, who’s ’67 Beetle was recently showcased here at has a solution. He had his custom dyed and they match the original in every aspect. With his permission, you can reach out and inquire if you’d like to learn more about that process.

Color chart. Click to enlarge and download

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Correct Running Board Color Combinations

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. This is cool, thanks for collecting this. It would also be neat to get an authoritative list of fender beading colors as well. :)

    1. Marius,
      Yeah, that’s on my list too. I’ve been doing a lot of research on this stuff.

  2. I honestly didn’t know that Zenith blue used that same color in the Runningboard mats. I knew the fender beading was the same color but that is interesting. should sell these :-)

    1. Kevin,
      Yep! You should take a look at Gary Beck’s ’67 Beetle. What should I sell, running boards? :)

  3. Hi, can you give us some more info on what makes a deluxe beetle over a standard one. I have a 67 that I have owned for 29 years, when I purchased it back in the day it had back seats, black running boards and black wing beading, but it had the deluxe door handles on the inside with the chrome strip.

    1. The smoke signals are out to the vintage Volkswagen community. I’ll have some information for you soon!

    2. Good morning, from Texas!

      Lindsay…I am going to refer you to our correspondent in England. We, in the USA, are beginning to understand the differences posed by destination of these cars from Wolfsburg.

      Matthew Keen is much more conversant in this field than we are. (

      Matthew–please copy to Eric and me to help with our education, as well.

      Thanks for writing, Lindsay! Stay tuned for more news!


    3. Hi Lindsay, if you could provide us with some more info about your cars specifics(color, full or half headliner, type of steering wheel, engine size, etc.), we can better educate you.

  4. Guys,
    Here’s some info I was able to dig up.

    Standard models were the ugly ducklings of the Beetle line in most peoples’ opinion, whereas they were not equipped with body moldings, and all of the items that were otherwise chrome plated on ’67 deluxe models were painted in L328 steel grey paint (hub caps, mirror, VW emblem, engine lid script, horn grill, bumpers, bumper guards, hood handle, engine lid lock, vent window lock, window winder handle, inner door handle operating lever and escutcheon) . Body moldings were not used, nor were they equipped with dash moldings. The vent window frames were painted the same color as the body scheme, as were the vent window division bars, however anodized aluminum outside scrapers were used. There’s a ton of other differences, but these are the basics. It should also be noted that these were not nominally exported to the United States, but rather were offered as home market models (Europe), as well as other world markets. There are some standard models existing within the U.S., of which were brought over by servicemen, etc. Various automotive safety laws did not allow for importation of such from the factory and sold as a new car. Seat belt mounting locations, which started in 1962, amongst other things.

    1. Excellent summary Eric. I would just like to add that a Standard Beetle could have an optional sunroof, but it would be the cloth slide back pre 1964 style, not the crank back style we’re use to seeing on our 67’s.

      There is also one other variant of the Standard Beetle called the Canadian “Custom”. It’s sort of in between the Standard and the Deluxe editions and were inported to Canada only. We’ll save that info for another time…right?

  5. So would a car with black running boards still have as in my case lotus white white fender bead? Btw Mine is an ’68.

    1. John,
      From my research, yes it would. I do believe this changed around ’71.

  6. The coloured running boards lasted through mid-1968, when all colours received black. Fender beading remained body-colour well into the mid-1970s. The exceptions were metallic and special colours. For example the 1972 Marathon Beetle (Baja Beetle in the U.S.), and the 1973 GSR (Sports Beetle in the U.S.) had black fender beading.

    Karmann-built convertibles always came with black fender beading in the 1960s, regardless of colour. I am not 100% certain, but as I recall, they did not receive coloured running boards either.

    1. Good info! Thanks for sharing.

    2. So what color running board was original with the car? color is Lotus White L282. The Wolfsburg West site isn’t very clear.

      1. For Lotus white, savanna beige is the correct running board color.

      2. Saw that above after I posted, sorry.

        1. John,
          No problem!

  7. Please, please, can someone help me….I am trying to remove door panels and can’t for the life of me figure out how to remove door handle and arm rest. The door handle is the square pull handle type, 1967 Beetle. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. You have to pull upward on it, as it sits on a hook type set up. Make sure you have removed the door handle and strike plate. This will help.

      1. That’s where I’m running into problem. How do I remove the door handle/strike plate???? Thanks so much

        1. Here’s also a very old article I posted. Some of the photos may be of value.

          1. Awesome….I have watched Chris’s video though different door handle. Your photo’s are on target, same as my set up. So, after removing PIN from window handle, there are two screws beneath the plastic piece inside the door handle frame correct? Then left up the door handle to remove from inside latch. Am I getting this right?? Thank you so much. Just “quick-roofed” the entire bug, padded and carpeted; only thing left are my doors!!!

  8. You got it, bud! Once you finish this task, you’ll be going, “wow, that was easy.” I had the same struggles when I did my doors. This site exist to help people just like you.

    1. Okay, tomorrows project. Again, thanks so much. I’ll try and post some pics once completed. Awesome site Eric

  9. Is anyone reproducing Savanah beige or Zenith blue running boards? Seems like there would be enough demand to return some profit.

    I’m not understanding how dye could penetrate rubber, or were running boards covered in a different absorbent material?

    1. Wolfsburg West does the sand beige running boards:

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