• Apr 22, 2011
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A car alleging to be the original hero car from Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has wound up on eBay, apparently in running condition. According to the seller, the film's production manager insisted that the hero car be a fully-functional road car, not just a mock up.

To that end, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sports a 3.0-liter Ford V6 and automatic transmission, mounted in a one-off ladder frame. The body features a handmade aluminum hood and red and white cedar boattail rear. Unfortunately, none of Chitty's magical powers made it to the road car, meaning this thing won't fly.

The seller claims that all the brasswork on the car came from actual Edwardian-era cars, to make sure Chitty Chitty Bang Bang looked as true-to-life as possible. That sounds like a lot of work to go into a car for Hollywood, even a hero car.

The seller provides a convincing back story on the car, but there's no official documentation shown or offered. This is no-doubt a well-built car, and very well could be the original from the movie, but at a starting bid of $1,000,000, we'd need a lot of confirmation before pulling the trigger. Not that we could afford it anyway... Thanks for the tip, Matt!



[Source: eBay]


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      brado
      • 3 Years Ago
      The show Syfy's 'Hollywood Treasure' featured this car on November 10th, 2010. It was an amazing segment. The owner agreed to let the show (they auction film memorabilia) sell the car. It sounded like it might happen during season 2 of the show, but I don't know if the show was canceled. Either way, a fascinating car.
        CC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brado
        Yeah the seller is the company from the Syfy show Hollywood Treasure: Profiles in history.
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright, who immediately sang, "shitty-shitty-bang-bang" to themselves? lol
      • 3 Years Ago
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      purplewonagain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice piece of nostalgia, and some folks certainly put a lot of work into the car....But a million bucks!? It's going to have to retain flying ability for a million.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      so what did the car come with engine wise in the late 60's? Is the engine the 3.0 found in the Ford Capri?
      Lou Zucaro
      • 3 Years Ago
      First off, this has nothing to do with Hollywood. "Chitty" was produced by EON Productions, who did the Bond films...it's a UK-based production company and that's where the cars were produced. Second, there were 6 Chitty cars built, all with various levels of completeness and features. Several years ago, I was a partner in a toy company that had secured the rights to producing Chitty toys, and I went to London to meet with EON and then go out into the British countryside to a location where the company stored some of its movie cars so that I could photograph the car in detail for reference. The car I photographed looks very similar to Pierre PIcton's car (the one on eBay), although I can't say specifically what the differences are. One of the things that it does have (the one I photographed) is connection points for the wings and tail flap (for the flying version of Chitty). I can't say what type of engine is in it, but it's definitely drivable as it was driven from the hangar in which it was stored onto the tarmac where I photographed it. I still have all of the photos from that shoot.
      rwa325
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car came out of the shop in 1967, all two tons and 17 feet of it, powered by the newly introduced British Ford Essex V6.