My name is Eric Shoemaker, I live in San Francisco, Calif. with my wife Amanda and I have a passion for vintage Volkswagens. I own a very original 1967 Volkswagen Beetle that my grandfather purchased in Jan of ‘67 for around $1,200.00.
“For many VW enthusiasts, the model year 1967 holds a special attraction. It’s been long bantered about as the best year of the Beetle. It was the first year for the 1500cc engine, first year for 12-volt electrics, first year for the standard upright headlights, and the last year for the smaller bumpers and painted dash. There are many one year only parts on the ‘67 model year, especially the US spec versions and all of these attributes create what is one of the most recognizable and desirable Beetles out there.”
It got to a point where Grandpa did not drive the car much anymore. One day, I called him up asking what he was going to do with it long term. “Come over and let’s talk about it,” he said. Long story short, he ended up giving it to me.
I’ll never forget when he went downstairs to collect a folder full of old records. “I believe this is everything,” he said. I could not believe it. The original bill of sale, ALL service records, and documents you could not even read anymore. Amazing! The archive was a true time capsule. He signed the title over. I was now the 2nd owner of the family Volkswagen.
I’ve worked as a visual designer / art director for the last 11 years. Over the last 7, I’ve been restoring the ’67 Beetle. During that time, I fell in love with creating real tangible objects and working with my hands. I’m obsessed with small details and the idea of bringing something old back to its former glory. I created 1967beetle.com as a platform to tell my story, as well as for other ’67 Beetle owners. Many other great folks around the world contribute their ’67 restoration stories.
I’d love 1967beetle.com to become a true resource for people who are aiming to do a stock restoration on a ’67 Beetle. I’m a firm believer that the continuation of great content can achieve this. The bigger idea behind the site is to connect ’67 Beetle owners globally.
Lastly, I plan to continue featuring other ’67 restoration stories and grow tips and tutorials. I look forward to sharing more unique Volkswagen stories with you as time goes on.