Stephan Ruiz’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Submitted by a reader and customer of, Stephan Ruiz. (His car is featured in the film) This is probably one of the most beautiful shorts I’ve seen in a long time about the ’67 Beetle. It makes me proud knowing that there are so many great ’67 Beetles still out on the road. will continue to find them and showcase their unique stories.

Ubiquitous. This is the best word to describe the Volkswagen Beetle, which had over 21 million vehicles churned out during a 75-year production. Yet even with so many cars produced, one would still be hard pressed to find two Beetles customized in the same way. Maybe it is the idea of endless customization possibilities that endears so many to the Beetle, or perhaps it is that behind these cars there are no two owners alike. With every Beetle bought and sold comes a Volkswagen story.

After many mishaps involving stolen, burned, and wrecked Beetles, Stephan Ruiz has finally found his personal Beetle. Clean is the best word to describe this one-year-only 1967 Beetle, and Stephan wants to keep it that way.

Sometimes we change a car, and sometimes we find the car changes us.

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. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz March 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Could anything make me like my ’67 bug more? I thought not until I saw this short film! Just this morning I was cruising between my home in Fillmore to Ventura to drop my daughter off at her workshop. At some point I noticed my senses were in “hyper mode” with the car and with others traveling near me and admiring my “Papa’s Slugbug”! A few even gave me the thumbs up! When I got home I said to my wife, “I really like driving my bug!” She gave me that look, “Ok?” But, I had no more to say! Great short film!

  2. I loved this! Right after viewing I wanted to run out and go for a drive in my own ’67 ! I thought this was really well done, loved seeing the car in motion and being put through it’s paces. Thank you for sharing this, I enjoyed it!

    1. Thanks, Chuck!

  3. I want a 67 :)

  4. It makes me proud

  5. Well, you just have to catch that sparkle in Stephan’s eye’s, and you know exactly how he feels. Up until last week, I was there too. A few more parts, and my 67 will put the spark back in mine too.
    Great video

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