Herbie ‘The Love Bug’ comes to AACA Museum

 

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Movie star Herbie, a.k.a “The Love Bug”, will be visiting the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA Museum). This famous Volkswagen is one of 11 original cars built by Walt Disney Studios for the first Herbie movie, The Love Bug. Of those 11, only three of the cars are known to exist today. This car, #10, and was intended for some serious stunt work and the VW’s current state shows signs of those adventures. Owner Tory Alonzo has restored the car and got him back in running shape.

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Herbie #10 was one of only a handful of cars to film at the now defunct Riverside Raceway in Southern California. He can be seen there in the scene where Herbie is “drunk” on Irish Coffee and running over tire markers bordering the race track.

Hence the inscription inside on the dash.

This specific Herbie also made a cameo appearance in the sequel to The Love Bug, “Herbie Rides Again.” It was featured as the junk pile car, and appears in a scene at the climax of the film where Herbie calls upon an army of civilian Volkswagens to help rescue Mrs. Steinmetz and the old firehouse in San Francisco from demolition by an overzealous developer. While the car was relatively unchanged from its previous incarnation as Herbie, it was treated to a yellow and green paint job. Alonzo carefully cleaned off all the paint to reveal the original pearly white beneath. He also replaced the stripes and numbers, but let the body alone.

Herbie’s Pink Slip Title from California

Herbies pink slip

The title is dated 1968, which is when the car was first purchased for use in filming “The Love Bug.” The car’s #10 designation is penciled in to keep track of which title went to which car when they were finally sold off. This particular car was sold after it was used in “Herbie Rides Again” in the early to mid-70s.”

Herbie Script

A piece of script that showcases #10’s role. In the second film, Herbie#10 also featured offset spaces between his wheels to make the car wobble and appear more damaged than it really was. See the arrival of Herbie to the AACA Museum at http://www.aacamuseum.org/blog/2016/01/08/herbie-the-love-bug/.

The Herbie exhibit will run form now until through the end of April 2016.

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About the AACA Museum

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00


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