My Lotus White 1967 bug was bought new in Tampa by the PO and it still wears the original license plate frame from Birdsong Motors (now Reeves Import Motorcars). It has spent all its life in Florida. It was the PO's daily driver and he always kept it in the garage. There is absolutely no rust and no prior collision damage. I have the original owner's manual with service stamps to '72. Then he kept a running list of all repairs, dates, and mileage. He died around '98 and the car sat because his wife couldnt part with it and she didnt drive it because she couldnt drive stick. She finally decided to sell it in 2002 so I'm the second owner. It has just over 158,000 miles with an engine overhaul at 154,000 mi.
My "bug collection". 1967, 1956, and 1965 with original air conditioning and only 11,722 documented original miles!!
Super clean and straight front section
Everything works, including the backup lights. '67 was the first year to have backup lights as standard equipment. I replaced that "antique" license plate with an original, mint (never before circulated) 1967 "year of manufacture" Florida black plate. It looks so cool with the original dealer license plate frame!
Totally stock interior with black basketweave vinyl. Ahh, the smell of a stock bug interior!!
Original grab handle, too. The chrome base is a dead giveaway for the replacement handles.
All clean and new after rebuild
That fuel filter has been removed (the cause of many bug engine fires) and the original spring clamps have been put back in place of the US hose clamps. The engine compartment is complete with rare items still in tact (like the little bracket that holds the air cleaner on and the spring clamps on the pre-heat tubes)
No evidence of any collision damage. If you look closely you can see the paint code sticker "Lotusweiss L 282" (Lotus White). Very uncommon for those stickers to survive this long!
Original floor pans with no rust and original tar board insulation/soundproofing
Perfect rear apron and near-perfect rear bumper
I put in a new coconut fiber seat pad and reused the original black basketweave vinyl. It came out pretty nice!
All original (except speaker) behind the instrument cover. Still has the red "93" grease pencil mark from the Wolfsburg factory.