Herbie Goes Bananas #16

     Currently owned by Tory Alonzo, this car was designed by Disney to float in water.  It was used in the scene in Bananas where Paco is reunited with Herbie upon seeing him struggling for life in the water just off shore.  Scuba divers, using a system of weights, pulled the car down below the surface of the water and raised it up again to simulate the vehicle gasping for air.  Remote operated, hydraulically powered hood also added to this effect.  Filled with foam to make it buoyant, it also had fiberglass wheels, tires, and running boards.  Neglected for many years as one of the "fab four junkyard Herbies", the car was finally rescued and restored to its current condition. 

The car before restoration began.

The car today.

 

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