I have to admit something to you guys: The Jalopnik staffers were nervous before our Amazon/The Grand Tour bash last Friday night. We badly wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good evening. We didn’t want to disappoint you. But after chatting with you guys and seeing the photos, I think everyone’s evening went just fine. Better than fine. The food was delicious, the desserts were scrumptious and the bar was open. The venue was awesome, with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and make themselves comfortable. We also had an impromptu trivia challenge, where Jason wrote a bunch of questions about car logos and offered up a copy of Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo as a prize. And, of course, you are what made the evening most memorable. You came all the way to Hollywood, battling Friday night LA traffic to hang out with us and a bunch of other enthusiasts. We are deeply grateful because Jalopnik wouldn’t be what it is without your continued support. Just a … [Read more...] about Thanks For Having A Blast With Us On Amazon’s Dime!
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VW Beetle, but this particular example sold for at auction this week for the impressive sum of $86,250. That's because this is no ordinary Volkswagen. This is the original Herbie.The example you see here is the very one that was used in the filming of Herbie Rides Again and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo – the second and third installments, respectively, in the timeless Disney film franchise. That makes this one of the most instantly recognizable cars ever made. In fact, it is the only car ever invited to leave its tire print in the cement at the landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.Aside from its iconic livery, the vehicle was also modified for an actual, literal back-seat driver. The setup is composed of a series of gears and pulleys to allow a stunt driver to sit out of view in the rear seat, making it look as if the car were driving itself. The car was lost for decades before being rediscovered in a warehouse in Florida a few years ago, and now it's been sold.The … [Read more...] about Herbie the Love Bug sold at auction for record $86k
Cars ever hit the screens, The Love Bug series of Disney films – starring Herbie the VW Beetle with a mind of its own – was an early introduction to cars and racing for many budding auto fans. Not the modern remake starring Lindsay Lohan mind you, but the originals from the '60s and '70s. Now, a seller in Texas claims to be offering a chance to own one of the Bugs from the films on eBay Motors.According to the auction, this Beetle didn't appear in the original film but was built for the sequel Herbie Rides Again in 1972 and also appeared in the third installment Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. This VW was prepared as the blind-drive car for the movies that attached a low-mounted chair in the back and extended controls to let Herbie look like he was driving himself. Although, some of the photos here show the Bug with regular seats fitted, too.This Herbie was reportedly found in a Florida warehouse a few years ago. It was then made operable, while trying to keep it as original as … [Read more...] about eBay Find of the Day: Unrestored Herbie Love Bug movie car
Actor Dean Jones died this past week from Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 84. Though he had a long and fairly successful career on both stage (he and Jane Fonda made their Broadway debuts as co-stars) and screen, he found his greatest success as the likeable star of a series of family comedy films made by the Walt Disney studio in the 1960s and 1970s. You’re reading about him at a car site because his best known role was portraying racecar driver Jim Douglas in the 1968 hit movie, “The Love Bug”. The plot of that film, if I recall it from the time I took my little sister to see it at the Americana theater that year, was that Douglas was down on his luck and had to resort to racing his VW Beetle, Herbie, who turned out to have wheelstanding power to go along with a mind and soul of its own. Jim went on to win the race and the girl.The Love Bug also starred Michelle Lee as Douglas’ love interest in addition to one of my parents’ favorite … [Read more...] about Herbie Loses A Friend – Dean Jones Dead at 84