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The Thorndyke Special is a 1963 Apollo 3500 GT race car that appeared in The Love Bug. It was owned by cars salesman and race driver Peter Thorndyke.


The Thorndyke Special is first seen on display at a European Imported Car dealership. When Jim Douglas sees this car he immediately takes great interest in it. Carole Bennet also liked it and was allowed to borrow it while out on a date with him. They drive it to the same spot where Herbie tried to get them alone.

It became Thorndyke's race car in the El-Dorado and was given the number 14. It was rigged with oil slick and Thorndyke would charge it past Herbie with a loud honk from its horn. However it couldn't beat him when his rear crossed the finish first and his front came third.

Thorndyke lost every thing and the fate of the Thorndyke Special remains unknown.


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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

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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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