US: get your original Herbie bug for more than 80 grand image

The famous Herbie bug is a pretty interesting ride and a fan of the movie star car has decided to pay no less than $86,250 to secure it during the Dream Factory auction in New York.

The Dream Factory auction held by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies in New York has seen the original 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that was used in the Herbie Rides Again and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo flicks was actually lost for several decades and only was discovered in a warehouse in Florida a few years ago. It has been kept pretty much the same way it was found and because it’s one of the most popular movie cars ever it’s also the only one to have the privilege of leaving its tire print in the cement at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. And because it has remained in a largely unrestored condition it also features a series of sprockets and pulleys connected to a second steering column which enabled the driver to control the car from the back – thus it could deliver the impression that Herbie was driving itself in the theater flicks.

After the Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies Dream Factory auction held in New York it is largely assumed Herbie is the most expensive Volkswagen Beetle ever sold at an auction. You may not know it but Herbie is actually an auction regular – less than a year ago it fetched $55,200 on eBay – a very wise investment since the owner has taken a hefty profit following the latest round of auctioning.