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Volkswagen Beetle: Kindred Spirits

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.

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CHRIS DAGNOLO
CHRIS DAGNOLO
5 months 7 days ago

I owned a ’67 for a very short time and learned a lot about the ‘one year car’ thing! It’s what makes some folks run from it AND what makes some folks run to them! The whole (short) time I owned it, it made me smile every time I dealt with it / drove it. Obviously, it was a poor choice to let her go! Great story, this one. Cool car, cool guy.

RON JOHNSON
RON JOHNSON
3 years 2 months ago
1967 Volkswagen Beetles are truly a one year only model. While this car has the rear backup lamps the bumper is not correct for a 1967 Bug. The wider rear deck lid required a shortened overrider bar next to the deck lid. The engines stock were 1500 cc’s roughly. They were the first year with a 12 volt charging system. The last year for the 205mm on 5 lug nut brakes and wheels. The first year for the new style seal beam headlights. The last year of the gasoline filler inclosed in the trunk. Mid year change to seat release… Read more »
Brompty
Brompty
3 years 8 months ago

This is great. I love the quote, “This is a performance car, just not a fast car”. Wonderful looking car and so nice to see it driven in all weather.

Terrence Dorsey
Terrence Dorsey
3 years 8 months ago

Wonderful. I owned a ’63 ragtop for a few years. She unfortunately needed more TLC than I could offer, though I did build a nice hot rod 1600 for her. We had a few fun years together. I’d do it again.

Rodney Wren
Rodney Wren
3 years 8 months ago

Man am I glad you did this video. I have been looking for a pre-68 Bug and this video made my day. Thank you.:)

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