Love Bug, The (1969)
A timeless family classic
This is the Disney movie that introduced the world to Herbie, the Volkswagon Beetle with a mind of its own. When Jim Douglas, played by Dean Jones, starts to have a fluke in his racing career he almost gives up hope. He is stunned by a car dealership that is owned by Thorndyke, played by David Tomlinson (most well known as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins), where he first runs into the famous Herbie. After standing up for the little car, Jim has found that the little car is his for keeps. Jim lives with a Buddhist named Tennessee Steinmetz(Buddy Hackett)who finds a soul in everything. While Jim believes the that it is his talent and the speed of the car, Tennessee believes that the car has a spirit of its own.
The movie is a family classic and while Herbie is still known most recently in the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" This is still by far the best of the series.