St. Louis, Missouri Herbie “the Love Bug” was recently installed into the Kemp Auto Museum where he’ll spend his days delighting visitors young and old through the month of February. The beloved Disney character is the centerpiece of the museum’s holiday display, which will explore the production of Herbie, his character in the films, as well as the mechanical innovations and special effects that made him possible.
Presented in “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” form, the third film in the franchise (1977), visitors will see a stunning recreation of the car’s high-back seats, and movie correct Carello driving light.
“This particular reproduction is the most rally-esque appearing in the series,” said Assistant Curator Mike Dyer. “Herbie is at his best as a vintage rally car, aggressively attired with custom wide wheels and the Italian manufactured fog lights seen on racing vehicles such as Lamborghini, Maserati, and Fiat.”
To complement the exhibition of Herbie, the museum will also present free guided tours, interpreting the development of Herbie, on and off screen.
Segmented by theme, visitors will listen along as guides discuss the introduction of Herbie during a poignant period in America history, sparing no details on the war and the counterbalancing influence of Herbie as a hopeful and inspiring film figure. Several vehicles, which share close engineering and aesthetic ties with Herbie will also be featured in the tour. These automobiles will include the 1931 370 S Mannheim Mercedes, 1930 SSK Mercedes and 1960 Porsche 356
For more information on guided tours and reservations contact (636)537-1718 or visit the museum website at www.kempautomuseum.org. General admission to the museum is $8 for Adults, $6 for Seniors and $3for Juniors. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.