While Pete Stanchek and his friend, Dave Johns, are transporting a VW (Herbie) via ocean liner from Puerto Vallarta to Brazil for an auto race, their lives are complicated by a stowaway in Herbie's trunk--a lovable Mexican orphan, Paco, who's made the msitake of stealing a map of golden Incan ruins from a criminal now in hot pursuit. The ensuing chase (which grows to include the ship's captain and an unsuspecting man-hungry passenger and her niece) streches across South America--from Panama to Peru to Brazil. Eventually, the gold is saved. then the owners of the car restore herbie for a race and that is the end of that movie.