Tim Mossman’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Timm Mossman's '67 Beetle & Steven Spielberg

Congrats to follower of 1967beetle.com and good bud, Tim Mossman. Our timing lights are pointed in your direction.

Last Friday I got a call from a fellow who is a classic car “agent”. His business is called Reel cars, and he supplies classic cars to the movie industry in Vancouver. I registered on his site a few years ago. Well, he tells me Steven Spielberg is in town filming a Disney movie called “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) and he’s looking for a bug to use in his movie. He either wanted a dark colored bug or a light colored bug. Well, guess, what? He picked mine!

It’s in the studio here in Vancouver for a week and will appear in a scene designed to look like a Copenhagen Street. It’s being filmed here. The movie will be released in July 2016. Watch for my Zenith Blue 67!

Off to the studio!

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. Another Beetle gets the attention it deserves! Congratulations, Tim, for taking advantage of this opportunity! jay

  2. Tim, does your car have a name?
    Don’t most famous movie cars, especially VWs have names?

  3. But a 1967 with vertical headlights wouldn’t ever have been on a street in Copenhagen! :) (congrats, just channeling some purist mentality!)

    1. Excellent point Marius!

    2. Yes, but I do have a VW 1500 deck lid script!

  4. Congrats Tim! And what an honor! Very cool, I will be taking my four year old daughter to see this movie!

  5. I hope they take good care of it?

  6. Todd Sloan, Portland May 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    A few years ago a guy came up to me while I was parked in my ’67 21 wndw, and asked me if I would be interested in having it used in a movie. I said sure. There are many movies filmed in Portland so thought that it would happen. Hasnt…..yet. The deal was $500 if its just sitting on the street and in the film. $1000 if anyone is touching it or is sitting in it for the film and $2000 if the main actor actually drives it in the film. Kind of interesting.

  7. I just registered on the site! I hope they pick my car sometime!!!

  8. That is awesome!! could your car get any cooler?!

    1. I’m not sure.. My ’67 could be cooler….. (Hmmm)

  9. Hey Mike, no name for the bug yet. Got any suggestions?

    1. Herbie, Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson and Christine are taken. For some reason, looking at it going up on the flatbed, the names Victor or Vicky seem right (depending on the gender). Of course “Zoey the Zenith Blue Magnificent Movie star” works as well. My favorite German female name is Geisala. It comes from the Turkic word güzal, “beautiful”.

      1. Bryan Hayhurst May 6, 2015 at 12:46 am

        I do like the name GEISALA meaning Beautiful. My bug is not a 1967 but IS a 1959 and is beautiful. Hope you don’t mind if I use that name. I have been trying to come up with a name for some time and I do believe this fits the bill. Thanks.

        1. Perfect! According to an internet search I did there are only 3 Geisalas in the US. Now there are four.

      2. I lie Geisala!

        1. Make that ‘LIKE”

  10. I found it interesting to see the incremental payments Scott would get depending on how much focus his bus would get in the movie. I can’t help but wonder how much he would have been offered if the main actor ended up having a carnal encounter with the leading lady in the back of the bus.

  11. Having had my VW Thing used in a movie, I’d advise getting an appraisal by someone with good credentials and a rider specifically tied to the appraisal attached to the movie insurance. This way in the unlikely event something goes wrong there is no debate about the value of the car.

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