Herbie Goes Bananas #12
This is a 1962 Beetle that was used in
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Herbie
Goes Bananas .
The Bananas screenplay refers to the car as "Tipping Herbie
#12." The interior was lined with
fiberglass to hold water for a scene in Monte Carlo where the car
is knocked into a pond. A hydraulically powered hood
that was capable of opening and closing remotely was also in place for use
during both the bullfight scene and the airplane chase in Bananas.
The car is probably best known for being the wheelie car that does a
wheel stand to dodge the charging bull during the bullfight scene, also in
Bananas. The rear end of the car was cut off to allow
adequate clearance and a large counterweight was installed to lift the
front end off the ground. After filming, the car was neglected for many years in a
junkyard where it sat with no fewer than three other original
car as seen in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.
car as seen in Herbie Goes Bananas. Note the rear end
car before restoration began in 2003.
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