1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE SUNROOF CUSTOM 'HERBIE' - 184198 Sold* at Palm Beach 2015 - Lot #394 1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE SUNROOF CUSTOM 'HERBIE' https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/184198/184198_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #394   1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE SUNROOF CUSTOM "HERBIE"
Auction Palm Beach 2015
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 394
Year 1963
Make VOLKSWAGEN
Model BEETLE
Style SUNROOF SEDAN
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 5424447
Exterior Color WHITE
Interior Color GREY
Cylinders 4
Engine Size 1835CC
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL
Description
Lot #394 - 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.
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