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Herbie 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 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 trunk lid, doors, and engine lid, and a yellow-on-black '63 California license plate that says, "OFP 857". One exception to this is his introduction in The Love Bug, where he initially appears as a nondescript white vehicle with a gray colored fabric sunroof (a.k.a. "ragtop"), the style of sunroof offered on VW Beetles made through 1963.

  • Number of Movies: 6
  • Revenue: $66,002,004

Featured Cast

  1. Dean Jones

    Dean Jones

    Jim Douglas

  2. Cloris Leachman

    Cloris Leachman

    Louise Trends

  3. Bruce Campbell

    Bruce Campbell

    Hank Cooper

  4. Helen Hayes

    Helen Hayes

    Mrs. Steinmetz

  5. Lindsay Lohan

    Lindsay Lohan

    Maggie Peyton

  6. Charles Martin Smith
  7. Michael Keaton

    Michael Keaton

    Ray Peyton Sr.

  8. John Hannah

    John Hannah

    Simon Moore III

  9. Ken Berry

    Ken Berry

    Willoughby Whitfield

  10. Michele Lee

    Michele Lee

    Carole Bennett

  11. Don Knotts

    Don Knotts

    Wheely Applegate

  12. Matt Dillon

    Matt Dillon

    Trip Murphy

  13. Julie Sommars

    Julie Sommars

    Diane Darcy

Featured Crew

  1. Robert Stevenson

    Robert Stevenson

    Directing, Writing

  2. Gordon Buford


  3. Vincent McEveety

    Vincent McEveety


  4. Don DaGradi


  5. Bill Walsh

    Bill Walsh


  6. Peyton Reed

    Peyton Reed


  7. Ben Garant

    Ben Garant


  8. Thomas Lennon

    Thomas Lennon


  9. Miles Millar


  10. Arthur Alsberg


December 22, 1968

Herbie is a car - but no ordinary car. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own from the showroom to the race track, with various close escapes in between. Three further Herbie movies were to follow.

February 14, 1974

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. But thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

June 25, 1980

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

November 29, 1997

The inimitable VW Beetle is losing all his races and destined for the scrap heap until mechanic Hank takes him over and gives him a new lease of life. Soon, Herbie is winning again, to the fury of his previous owner, who builds a menacing black bug to challenge Herbie to the ultimate race.

June 22, 2005

Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Number 53 - the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own - puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor.

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