It’s emails like these that make me realize just how much fellow ’67 enthusiast enjoy the labor of love efforts that go into 1967beetle.com.
Thanks for writing Steve, and sharing your fantastic L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle with the world.
I’ve been a subscriber to your wonderful site for a while now, the regular emails are always welcome. I thought it about time I shared with you my unique ’67 Beetle story. I own what I believe to be the only U.S spec 1967 Bug in New Zealand.
The car was imported here in 1968 from Washington DC by the owner,Max Bumpers (Cool name huh) who was transferred down-under with ‘Operation Deep freeze’ a long-standing military joint venture between NZ, Australia & the U.S based in Christchurch, to monitor & protect the Antarctic. Most U.S staff bought cars with them as NZ had strict import restrictions in those days, making new cars here very expensive.
The original owner never returned to the U.S and kept his bug until about 2004.
I bought it from the second owner in 2006, he had the motor rebuilt and repainted the car in its original Zenith blue.The interior is still in factory paint.
Since I purchased it I’ve added a TMI headliner and a few other bits and pieces, but have generally just maintained and enjoyed it. I’ve even won a couple of trophies at the NZ VW nationals with it. I’m an enthusiastic member of our local club, Kombined VW club Wellington, and have been an avid V-dub owner/ nut since 1984.
Hope you enjoy the photos and my unusual story.
Thanks, Steve, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.