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1963 Volkswagen “Herbie” Beetle Sells for $126,500, Setting Auction Record

Posted April 28, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Volkswagen Beetles are recognized and (generally) loved around the world, but the best-known and most beloved Beetle of all is likely Herbie, the star of a Disney movie franchise that's grossed over $280 million over the past four decades. Though Herbie copies are plentiful, authentic movie cars don't come up for sale that often. Last weekend, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle in Herbie livery, said to be used in the filming of 1977′s Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and 1980′s Herbie Goes Bananas, crossed the auction block in Palm Beach, Florida, selling for a fee-inclusive price of $126,500 and setting a new world record for a Beetle sold at auction.

This Love Bug finds a new home.

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04/29/2015 3:28 AM

I would bet money that there were several ones used in the making of a film, just in case one gets damaged for example, but there are also other reasons too.....some without engines, some with stuff to make it "sit up and beg" and whatever.....

Why would this be the "only" one?

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05/04/2015 6:58 AM

Should perhaps have read " 3-day paint job sells for record amount"..I remember Herbie..wasn't he a shade of canary yellow ?

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05/04/2015 12:53 PM

Could well have been.

Me not ever being a Beetle fan is not a problem for me, but the films made made me laugh as well as hearing of some idiot giving out that much money for 1 of possibly 60!! DUUUHHHH!

1 of 1 would have been worthwhile maybe....

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04/29/2015 4:24 PM

It doesn't actually say it is the "only" one. I suppose they got more money by not mentioning it was one of the several cars used in making the movies.

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04/30/2015 3:17 AM

I am sure you are right!!

Here is the website that tracks all the cars made for ALL the movies and their present owners and whereabouts:-

Lovebug fans, The Movie Cars

Its around 60 Film cars.......not even counting the ones that have been made privately and very difficult to tell apart from the "REAL" movie cars!!!!

$126,000 , that was paying well over the odds.......

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04/29/2015 6:39 PM

If I had that kind of money to put into a car, I'd probably spend it on a Porsche!

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