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Dr. Gustav Stumpfel is a German engineer in the 1997 remake of The Love Bug. He was responsible for the creation of both Herbie and Horace.


When he was young he designed and built cars that were simple to drive and easy to maintain called "People's Cars." He and his fellow workers came to call them. Sometime after World War II the U.S. Military heard about his work and insisted he came over to discuss it with them. It turned out that the U.S. Military misunderstood these People's Cars and had this crazy thought that these were actually cars that were alive and they wanted such a car for themselves. Stumpfel as a young man took them seriously and began work on building it.

He spent years trying to find a way to make a living car possible and realised the design didn't matter only the metal it was made from was. He tried every known alloy he could find but all led to a dim failure until one day an accident happened. A precious photo of his loved one "Elsa" fell into the mixture. However that accident took a turn and Stumpfel believed that the strong feelings he had for his loved one somehow transmogrified into the metal itself making it possible to create a living car, resulting in the birth of Herbie.

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Young Stumpfel after building Herbie

Unfortunately he was aware that the U.S. Military would plan to use the little car for evil so he decided to hide him. He told the Military he had failed and once they were convinced he snuck the little car out and set him free. He kept in touch after Herbie found a home and a racing career with Jim Douglas.

Thirty-four years later he was approached by former Formula One racing driver Simon Moore III, to build another one. He was reluctant to do so but he went ahead with it. He succeeded in building another living car only this time to his horror his new creation had a vicious monstrous personality due to a photo with so much wrong. he insisted they destroy it but Simon refused and named it Horace. As for Stumpfel he was cut loose since his work was done.

Stumpfel came to Herbie's funeral with Jim and told Hank Cooper they could rebuild him only if they used all the original parts otherwise it would not be him. Hank spent day and night rebuilding him resulting a huge success in his rebirth.

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Films: The Love Bug | Herbie Rides Again | Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo | Herbie Goes Bananas | The Love Bug (1997 film) | Herbie: Fully Loaded
Television: Herbie, the Love Bug | House of Mouse
Video Games: Herbie: Fully Loaded | Herbie Rescue Rally
Books: Herbie's Special Friend | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks

Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular


The Love Bug: Herbie | Jim Douglas | Tennessee Steinmetz | Carole Bennet | Peter Thorndyke | Havershaw | Tang Wu
Herbie Rides Again: Willoughby Whitfield | Nicole Harris | Mrs. Steinmetz | Alonzo Hawk | Mr. Judson | Hawk's Lawyers | Orchestrion | Loostgarten | Maxwell
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo: Wheely Applegate | Diane Darcy | Giselle | Bruno von Stickle | Claude Gilbert | Max and Quincy | Inspector Bouchet | Fontenoy | Emile | Duval
Herbie Goes Bananas: Pete Stancheck | Davy Johns | Paco | Prindle | Quinn | Shepard | Captain Blythe | Aunt Louise Trends | Melissa | Armando Moccia | Mrs. Purkiss
The Love Bug (1997): Hank Cooper | Alex Davis | Roddy Martel | Chuck | Simon Moore III | Rupert | Dr. Gustav Stumpfel | Horace
Herbie Fully Loaded: Maggie Peyton | Ray Peyton, Sr. | Trip Murphy | Kevin | Sally | Charisma | Ray Peyton, Jr. | Crash | Crazy Dave
Herbie, the Love Bug: Bo Phillips | Susan MacLane | Julie MacLane | Matthew MacLane | Robbie McLane


The Love Bug | I Found a New Friend


The Firehouse | San Francisco | Paris | Panama | Mexico

See Also

Thorndyke Special | Sun Princess

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