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Tennessee Steinmetz is the deuteragonist, Mrs. Steinmetz's nephew, and a close friend of Jim Douglas and Herbie in The Love Bug.


According to his aunt, Mrs. Steinmetz, Tennessee is a student of Oriental philosophy. That's how he learnt that things have an inner life, like wind, rain, traffic lights, can openers and little cars which is how he and Herbie became good friends.

He likes to tell stories about his trip to Tibet and is handy with a welding torch and creative, especially when he cuts up his "Edsel" and turned it into a sculpture. Even though he is Jim's friend, Jim sometimes does not take him seriously about his beliefs, especially when he does not believe that Herbie is alive until he witnesses him wreck his new Lamborghini.

Role in the film

Tennessee is the first person to believe Herbie is alive and befriends the little car and also gives him his name "Herbie" named after his Uncle Herb. He assists Jim on the racing circuit, cleaning Herbie and refuelling him.

He immediately shows a distrust towards Peter Thorndyke when he comes to the Firehouse to pay his respects to the little car. This makes him change his tune to Thorndyke and offers him a drink of Irish coffee. As they share a drink the two quickly get drunk and every time he goes off to make some more coffee, Thorndyke filled Herbie's tank with Irish coffee which will make him drunk during the next race. With Carole Bennet's help they manage to restore Herbie to health but is disgust to find out that Jim bought a new car and plans to sell Herbie to Thorndyke. When Herbie runs away, Tennessee refused to help Jim find him, since this was a private matter between Him and the little car. After being charged by a Chinese gentlemen named Tang Wu, Tennessee manages to reason with him by speaking his language and showing Chinese courtesy.

He joins Carole and Jim in El Dorado and sits in the back seat with his welding equipment next to him. As they are near the finish Herbie begins to split apart and Tennesse tries to weld him back together while still moving. (Since Herbie beat himself up so badly when he ran away, he had to cut the frames to straighten it out and Tennessee was worried about his welding not lasting.) Eventually Herbie splits in two, but wins with his rear crossing the line first.

Tennessee is last seen with Tang saying goodbye to newly married Jim and Carole as they drive off on their honeymoon with Herbie.




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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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