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Hollywood Xmas Parade
During 1000+ mile road trip
During 1000+ mile road trip
Interior w/shelf, custom SFX seats
Dash w/rally nav package
1600 DP + dual Kadrons
Red carpet car @ Fully Loaded premiere
Character Photo @ Wikipedia
Disney OFP 857 plate
Salzburg rally beetle inspired shelf
Functional fuel cap to hide diamonds
Drivers side cockpit view
HB Concours shot from Autoblog
Hot Rod Magazine shot @ CBS
Chassis during 2007 pan off rebuild
Memes galore
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Robotic Puppet / Race Car "Herbie"   Price: 25000


One of the finest and most photographed/filmed Herbie the Love Bug clones in the world, with enough screen used parts / Disney promotional use to set it apart from the sea of replicas.

This has been my toy hot rod and engineering hobby project for the last seventeen years, but health issues are making it very difficult to drive it or continue the upgrades I've planned so it's time to find it a good new home.

A good introduction is the Star Cars web series episode about this car: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MmK5JsKS0fI

The VIN and chassis were not sold to me directly from Disney, so I'm not going to claim it is a production used car - however, since it came from the promotional team for the "Herbie Across America" national tour in 2005 there is a definite fun Disney connection.

- Front page article on this car in May 7, 2018 Wall Street Journal
- Red Carpet display vehicle at "Herbie: Fully Loaded" premiere
- Built with Disney studio car parts from "Herbie: Fully Loaded" film production
- Any non-studio parts were sourced from the same sources used for "Herbie: Fully Loaded" production when possible (i.e. wide wheels, 200mph speedometer, etc.)
- Only vehicle ever to receive a personal letter from Dean Jones (star of the Love Bug)
- Disney "OFP 857" studio license plate is CA DMV legal
- Fully tuned and updated drive train and suspension; fun on mountain roads but well behaved enough that it can idle for 90 minutes on a parade route.
- Filled with vintage racing equipment including complete navigation rally instrumentation
- Full robotic interactive kit (26 channel with built in micro-controller)
- Less than 5K miles on engine rebuild, less than 15k miles on any mechanical part of the car
- TV broadcasts of this specific car have had millions of viewers in 175 countries
- This specific car is the 3rd most viewed Herbie video on YouTube, more than all Disney official videos combined
- This specific car is also the lead Wikipedia photo for the "Herbie" character, so you will find it popping up in memes everywhere...
- Six figures and 17 years of engineering invested.
- Truck required: Comes with a pile of spare parts / gadget kits / memorabilia roughly 15x available cargo space in car, including 16mm copies of the first four Herbie films and what may be the only 16mm copy in existence of the first episode of the 1982 TV series.

Here is a ten page single spaced build sheet with all of the custom parts/gadgets on the car, as well as available extra gadget kits and memorabilia which can go with the car:


PM me for additional high resolution photos or questions. Contact info is in the Dropbox document. Please text if possible during weekdays, I'm outrageously busy at the office!

$25,000 for the entire collection - or less for the car as-is without extra gadgets, parts, and memorabilia.

Happy to help with shipping once all funds clear.

Happy to have the car checked over by your mechanic - bring them to Mission Viejo, or I'll drive to a shop of your choice within 30 miles of Mission Viejo.

Absolutely no trades - I already have the replacement toy car priced out and ready to go.
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