10 Famous Cars and the Drivers Who Drove Them

Dean Jones and "Herbie"
Actor Dean Jones drove Herbie in the early Walt Disney family films. (Creative Commons/flickr/Sam Howzit)

Herbie is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that may or may not be responsible for the Beetle's ongoing overall perception as a friendly, affable car. Herbie starred in several eponymous live action Walt Disney family films in the 1960s and a TV show.

That's not to say the human component of the team wasn't up to speed. Dean Jones is the actor who played race car driver Jim Douglas in the "Herbie" films and television series, so he spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel. He appeared in Broadway stage productions as well as a bunch of film and television roles prior to his stint with Disney, but none of these parts prepared him for stunt driving. Jones did most of his own high-speed driving in the "Herbie" films, which tended to take a turn toward somewhat slapstick stunt sequences. He once told an interviewer that while filming in Paris, the stunt coordinators didn't tell him (or the unsuspecting locals) that they were filming in everyday traffic [source: HerbieMania].

Lindsay Lohan (at the time, also a Walt Disney protégé) drove Herbie in the 2005 film "Herbie Fully Loaded"... but it just wasn't the same.