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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