1962 Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie “The Love Bug” by Hot Wheels Elite

1962 Volkswagen Beetle - Herbie "The Love Bug" by Hot Wheels Elite

1962 Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie “The Love Bug” by Hot Wheels Elite

Herbie the Love Bug is an anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, a character that is featured in several Disney motion pictures starting with the 1968 feature film The Love Bug. He has a mind of his own and is capable of driving himself, and is also a serious contender in auto racing competitions. Throughout most of the franchise, Herbie is distinguished by red, white and blue racing stripes from front to back bumper, a racing-style number “53” on the front luggage compartment lid, doors, and engine lid, and a yellow-on-black ’63 California license plate with the lettering “OFP 857”.
The Volkswagen Beetle “Herbie” is a pearl white deluxe racing 1962 Volkswagen Beetle with red, white and blue racing stripes and a number 53 on its livery. Along with his driver Jim, this race car is the hero in the 1968 comedy film “The Love Bug,” made by Walt Disney Productions. Herbie has a mind of his own and is capable of driving himself and causing all sorts of problems. But when they work together, Herbie and Jim are an unbeatable racing combination!
During the film, depending on the scene, the wheels change from standard VW wheels (although fitted with plain hubcaps with no VW logo) to specially widened wheels on the racing Herbies. During one scene (when Tennessee is hanging out of the window), the “53” logo (a.k.a. “gumball”) on the passenger-side door is missing. The door is also cut along the lower edge at an angle to enable the car to tilt over to the right on two wheels.[6]
One of the modified racing Herbies featured a Porsche 356 engine, brakes and KONI shock absorbers. All Herbies in The Love Bug had the VW badges removed from the hood and featured plain non-VW hubcaps. The hood-mounted VW logo was replaced with a plain disc of the same diameter, colored to match the body. All VWs logos were removed to avoid any trademark conflicts
Own a gorgeous 1/18 scale version of the Love Bug with this Hot Wheels Elite diecast model car.

1962 Volkswagen Beetle - Herbie "The Love Bug" by Hot Wheels Elite

1962 Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie “The Love Bug” by Hot Wheels Elite


1962 Volkswagen Beetle - Herbie "The Love Bug" by Hot Wheels Elite

1962 Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie “The Love Bug” by Hot Wheels Elite

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