Susan Herbie #14
This 1959 model Herbie, owned by Alex Micakovsky of Sydney,
Australia, was used in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Herbie
Goes Bananas. While it is unclear where it appears in the
former, in the latter the vehicle was set up to spin a perfect 360 degree
turn. To achieve this, a stock front axle was welded to the rear of
the vehicle. With the tie rods removed, all four wheels were able to
be turned in towards each other, allowing the car to rotate in a circle
(hence the Lazy Susan nickname). The headlight buckets and part of
the rear wheel wells were cut out to allow adequate clearance for the
tires. This car is not a factory sunroof model, and Disney's team
spent an impressive amount of time recreating a stock sliding sunroof out
of wood for it. It also featured a hydraulically-operated,
reinforced hood. After filming, the car was sold at auction and
eventually ended up in a junkyard along with three other Herbies,
collectively known as the "fab four junkyard Herbies." The
four cars were rescued by VW enthusiast Jerry Jess and eventually found
their way to their current owners. This car was restored to its Monte
Carlo livery by Dan Miller in 2008 and is again street worthy.
car as seen in the film.
vehicle today after restoration.
sunroof frame built to imitate factory craftsmanship.
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