Here’s What Happened To The Original Herbie VW Beetle From ‘The Love Bug’


The movie car was cosmetically altered, as well, because it was originally a hardtop Horizon Blue 1957 Beetle with a small rear oval window. The roof was converted into a ragtop, and the oval window was enlarged to resemble the wider side-to-side rear window seen on the Pearl White 1963 Herbie in the film. The black and yellow license plate reading OFP 857 — which is said to stand for Official First Production August (8) 57 — was also added.

Herbie #10 returned as a really beat-up junker Bug (not as Herbie) painted in latex house paint in the film “Herbie Rides Again.” According to current owner Clayton Capps, after Herbie’s film career ended, it sat on the backlot at Disney for several years before going on a roadshow with several other movie cars. After that tour, it went to Swigart Car Museum in Pennsylvania. It was eventually purchased by famed VW Bug collector Tory Alonzo (known as the “Herbie historian” in VW Bug circles).

Alonzo loaned it out to the Antique Automobile Club of America in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to put on display, but in 2016, he decided to sell Herbie. Capps, in turn, bought it from Alonzo for $85,000, which we guess is a steal considering that two of the other originals sold for over $125,000. Capps, who lives in Texas, has owned it ever since. He occasionally takes the Love Bug to local shows, as evidenced by the VW Life interview given at one. Herbie even has an Instagram account where you can keep track of his ongoing adventures.



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