One of the original Herbie star cars is heading to auction, so if you're a fan of precocious movie Beetles now is the time to act. The car is set to cross the auction block at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson event in Palm Beach, Florida. It's a 1963 Volkswagen wearing a particularly familiar livery, and it was last used in the film Herbie Goes Bananas.
One of the previous owners is listed, appropriately, as Walt Disney Productions. Other owners, however, have been Herbie fans that have treated this car oh-so right. Those include a Herbie historian who's had the car restored to Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo spec. The car was then raced in vintage events wearing this paint scheme before it wound up in a museum.
From there it was once again restored to the exact spec during its use in the actual Monte Carlo movie, which meant reinstalling a few items that were removed for the vintage racing purposes. This specific car was used as a vehicle that squirted oil on the foot of a police man, and it still has the original oil bracket that held the mischievous oil pump.
There's no reserve for this particular lot, and if we had to wager a guess as to it's value... we wouldn't, because you never know who wants to bid on something like this. It could be a $50,000 car to someone, or it might be worth a few hundred thousand to a Herbie fanatic. Don't laugh. Remember what happened with Burt's Trans-Am?