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Monday, July 20, 2015

1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE SUNROOF CUSTOM "HERBIE"

This photo is of an authentic "Herbie" from the series of Walt Disney movies, last used in "Herbie Goes Bananas." Documented with a copy of the title from 1972, with "Walt Disney Productions" listed as the owner. Other documentation includes photos before the restoration and known owner history. It was purchased by Herbie historian Bob Hoag from the Wershaw Auction at Disney Studios August 9, 1980. Restored to "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" appearance by Arthur Porter, who vintage-raced the car. Arthur is a well-known vintage racer, who sold Herbie to Scott Velvet of the Hollywood Rock & Country Museum in 2000. Scott sold the car to Burketts Hollywood Museum, and the car was auctioned off when the museum closed its doors. Doug Kaufmann, a Herbie enthusiast and collector, purchased the car and commissioned Dan Miller, well-known VW restorer and Herbie expert, to restore the interior exactly as it was in "Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo." He also reinstalled bumpers that were removed for vintage racing events by Arthur Porter. The car has had a full mechanical service. It is very fun and powerful, with an 1835cc engine and dual Kadron Solex carburetors. This Herbie, identified by Disney as "5916," was the "oil squirting" car. When found, it still had its original bracket for the oil pump. In "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," Herbie squirts oil on the police officer's foot. All of the Herbies built for the movies were use-specific, and many did not drive. The nice thing about this Herbie is that it was one of the drivers and was used both in driving shots and interior shots. It is an authentic piece of useable movie and collector car history.