Frequently asked HERBIE questions!
The following questions top the list of Herbie's daily e-mails.
What isHerbie's license plate number?
OFP 857. Herbie has original 1963 yellow on black California plates. These plates stayed with Herbie up until "Herbie Fully Loaded" in 2005. HFL was the only film in the series to not feature a front license plate on Herbie. The Herbie detective, Tory Alonzo, discovered that the letters and numbers on Herbie's tag represent a code. The Love Bug's producer, Robert Stevenson, first worked with Walt Disney in August of 1957, so OFP 857 represents: Our First Production, 8-57.
How many Herbie films were made?
There were five theatrical films made and one TV
movie.They are as follows:
"The Love Bug," 1969.
How was thenumber 53 chosen for Herbie?
Herbie's performance ranged through out the films. In "The Love Bug," at least one Herbie was equipped with a 356 Porsche engine, Others used modified VW Bus engines. Some Herbies featured Porsche brakes. In Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo several Herbies were fitted with high performance 1835cc Volkswagen engines with 2 barrel Holley carburators.
Can Herbie really do a wheelie?
Yes he can! This is a specially modified Bug with a high performance 1835 cc engine.
How many Herbies were actually built for the films?
Hard to determine because it seems that the records do not exist. However, one estimate places the numbers at upwards of 50 for the original four films (not Counting the cars built for "Herbie Fully Loaded").
What was the name of
In "Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo" Herbie's girlfriend was a 1976 Lancia Scorpion named Giselle (see above picture). In "Herbie Fully Loaded" Herbie ended up with Sally, a yellow New Beetle. Poor Giselle.
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