Tom Griffin’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Our good friend Tom Griffin is in the process of restoring a beautiful L633 VW Blue ’67. Before we relocated to Austin, TX, I was able to swing by and check out the process. A huge kudos to Tom and others around the world that are bringing these gems back to their former glory. is here to support and cheer you on!

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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. Wow, the birth of a Beauty! Nice garage workshop, too.

  2. I so much look forward to the day I take my ’67 down to that level and bring it back. The car is very worthy of a restoration and would be good for another 250,000 miles. However, something quite charming about an excellent condition VW that looks its age, proof that it has been used as it was intended, and still being so after 43 years.

  3. Looks great. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  4. I also agree. I have a 66 that I purchased from my Mom who bought it brand new. My car has patina and stories exuding out of every pore. To restore it to like new has been pondered by me but then I would have a car that I did not know. It would be a stranger; glossy yes, and new but still a stranger. For the time being it remains all original. I swear it greets me by name when I enter the garage in the morning! ☺️

    1. Hank, your remarks touched me because there is a part of me that feels exactly same way as you. When I had a different ’67 Bug as a teenager, in the 70’s, it wasn’t the shiny beauty of the car that made it special (believe me, it was neither shiny nor beautiful!), it was the camaraderie of friends who shared time in that bucket of bolts, and the places we went — or tried to go, except the wheel fell off, or it wouldn’t start, or… Maybe the best part was that faithful feeling, standing up for the underdog Bug. Anyway, I very much appreciate your comments. Although my daughter will have a shiny Bug, she knows that the most important parts of the “people’s car” are the people and the “patina” of shared experience

  5. Chuck Conselyea October 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I am amazed at the ingenuity of the body stand ! Wow, I really envy this type of skills. Thanks for sharing and I love the way this is progressing in your garage! Good luck and Happy driving!

  6. My beetle is now purple but hope to go back to L633 VW blue because it is beautiful!! Great work

  7. I’m very happy I painted mine even though I took some liberties with the color on the fenders and aprons. Mine was a stranger when I bought it but it’s not now.

  8. L633 VW Blue, yum. My last 67 bug was in this hue. Tom let us all cheer you on for this tasteful, stock resto. Can you hear our cheers from the emerald isle!?

    1. Thanks so much, Peter! I appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement. I hope it still holds if I’m not from Ireland, but from Dublin, California (SF bay area)

      1. This is what is all about!

      2. Tom,
        Your pan article is in the works!

  9. Todd Van Winkle October 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I am in love with that paint job!!!! Gorgeous! She’s gonna be a head turner for sure!!!

  10. Tom…I’ve always loved that dark blue–it is a strong color which shows the bright-work well. You do a great job of bringing these cars back from the “jaws of death”, so to speak. jay

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