Herbie is a Volkswagen Beetle that has appeared in several movies, starting with the 1968 ‘The Love Bug’. He has a mind of his own, and the ability to drive himself, and ignore his drivers commands. Herbie is bought by a down on his luck racing driver who enters him onto several races, which is how Herbie acquires his iconic blue, white and red racing stripes, and the racing number 53 logo.
Herbie appeared in several more movies based around a similar theme, such as Herbie Rides again, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie The Matchmaker, and the most recent movie: Herbie Fully Loaded.
Unlike other movie franchises, Herbie was never significantly updated, even though Volkswagen redesigned the Beetle model in the late 1990′s – Herbie retained his original shape and style. Occasionally the stripes were a little thicker or thinner, sometimes it is fitted with wider wheels & tyres, or a different rear spoiler, but the Volkswagen Beetle never significantly changes shape, no matter what the movie.