Chris Vallone’s L518 Java Green ’67 Beetle

Hello, ’67 Beetle community.
As we mentioned in an earlier thread, our good friend Chris Vallone over at Classic VW Bugs in NY has just finished restoring a ’67 Beetle. This car is a gem and we wanted to give it another showcase.

Chris also sent over a nice walk through video of the car that you can view below. It’s even got an NOS correct rear bumper. It’s rare items such as this that keep me up at night. This car was found in north NJ in Mid 2012. This baby is rock solid and should need little body work.  This is a numbers matching Body, Chassis, Motor, ’67 Beetle.

Chime in below and let Chris know what you think. He’s watching this thread and would love the feedback. Now on to the video.

Nice work, Chris.

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. Makes my heart skip a beat!

  2. Beautiful.

  3. Funny, as I’ve been getting a lot of “heat” for calling this car Java Green. Sure, it’s using modern paint but Chris’s goal was such. People sure get upset. It’s a fantastic car. Hey, I just work here.

  4. Chris has hit another one out of the park! Some may disagree, but I find the few deviations from the original look make a special car especially nice! BTW, how many people have a spare NOS German rear bumper sitting around? I scoured around for months until hooking up with a guy in a ’66 who had one on his car and was willing to make an even swap it for the incorrect one I had on my ’67. As always, great work Chris!

    1. Yeah, I was marveling at the fact he was able to get the correct bumper for it! I just scored a correct one on eBay and will be putting it on mine.

      1. It’s those little details people always miss.

  5. Is it for sale?

  6. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz April 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I have no stomach ache on the modifications Chris does! I think he has improved the look of the car and the operation! 100% correct is great for car shows, but I like to drive them! Great job Chris!

  7. WOW ,,What a Great Job Done …..For Sure !

  8. Absolutely beautiful!

  9. Barbara Daniello April 2, 2016 at 7:09 am

    beautiful job..

  10. One reason bugs are so beloved — why they worked their way into our culture and hearts — is precisely BECAUSE they begged for personalizing, for customizing. The modifications perfect them. Anyone uptight enough to insist otherwise isn’t worthy. They were (and are) canvasses for our creative expression. Express away, Chris; you’re an artist; groove on baby.

    1. Deborah! Thanks so much, kind words there. =o)

  11. Art On Wheels! Stunning work Chris…I don’t know if you put any specific “branding” on your cars but I for one feel it would be awesome if your logo was on the car perhaps where the karmann script goes on verts….

    1. Gavin I do actually, watch part two of that video I just made, I show a badge now that goes on our cars we restore.

      1. Chris awesome! If you decide to sell these as “window stickers” it would be a badge of honor for my 67′ and a plug for you!! Hopefully someday I can graduate to a real badge!

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