The famous Herbie has managed to fetch no less than $86,250 at the Dream Factory auction held by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies in New York.

The famous Herbie has managed to fetch no less than $86,250 at the Dream Factory auction held by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies in New York.

It’s the original 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that starred in the Herbie Rides Again and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo films which made it one of the most popular movie cars ever. As a matter of fact, it’s the only car in the world that had the privilege of leaving its tire print in the cement at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

After being lost for several decades, the iconic Beetle was discovered in a warehouse in Florida a few years ago and currently remains in a largely unrestored condition. It has a series of sprockets and pulleys connected to a second steering column installed under the front seat to allow the driver to control the car from the back. This was necessary to give the impression Herbie was driving itself in the movies.

Herbie is now believed to be the most expensive Volkswagen Beetle ever sold at an auction. Interestingly, the car was sold on eBay less than a year ago for $55,200 and that turned out to be a very wise investment as the owner has now managed to make a substantial profit.

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