“Herbie” is for sale.
The beloved Volkswagen Beetle is up for auction during the 13th Annual Palm Beach Auction in Palm Beach, Florida, April 17-19, 2015.
The ’63 Volkswagen Beetle rose to fame as the star in the 1969 film “Love Bug.”
“The Walt Disney studio did a phenomenal job of taking an unlikely car and turning it into a Hollywood film star,” Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson the auction house,
said in a news release. “This specific version is one of a handful that was actually used for driving and interior shots during the movie. While there were quite a few ‘Herbies’ used in the films, only a few remain in existence.”
The car’s final appearance was in 1980’s “Herbie Goes Bananas.” After that it was sold into private hand and later purchased by Arthur Porter, who had the car restored to its “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” appearance and piloted it in many vintage car races until 2000.
The next owner, Doug Kaufmann, saw to it that Herbie’s interior was restored to its “Monte Carlo” state, and reinstalled the bumpers, which had been removed for vintage racing events, according to Barrett-Jackson
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