Panthermobile and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Television and movie memorabilia fans can get excited. Both the original Pink Panther car and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are headed to auction. The Panthermobile has been to auction once before since being created in 1969 by Jay Ohrberg. You may remember the designer as the mind behind hardware like K.I.T.T., the Back to the Future DeLorean, the General Lee, the Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch as well as Batmobiles from both 1966 and 1989. This was a busy guy. The Panthermobile is expected to fetch between £50,000 and £100,000 when it goes on sale on October 14. That's between $81,585 and $163,170 at current conversion rates.

Meanwhile, a licensed replica of the famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is also going under the gavel. This particular machine was crafted in 2000 by Tony Green and includes hardware from one of the six original movie cars. The replica also features folding wings, a propeller and rotating blades to mimic the movements of the movie cars. All told, the auction house expects the replica to bring in between £150,000 to £250,000, or $244,755 to $407,925 at current conversion rates. Seems a bit steep to us. Hit the jump to check out press releases on both vehicles.
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Jay Ohrberg creation comes up for auction

At auction for only the second time, the exceedingly rare original "Pink Panther" car is among the most singular-and spectacular-movie and television vehicles ever produced.

A true rarity, this one-of-a-kind automobile was created in 1969 as part of the popular Pink Panther Show, which aired in the United States on NBC from 1969 until 1976. The car itself, known as the Panthermobile, played a major role in the show and exemplifies the whimsical-modern aesthetic of this era-defining television program.

Designed by Hollywood's master vehicle designer Jay Ohrberg, best known for having produced the world's most coveted movie and television vehicles including Knight Rider K.I.T.T., Back To The Future DeLorean, 1966 Batman Batmobile, 1989 Batman Batmobile, Dukes of Hazzard General Lee, Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino and even the Flintstones cars, the Pink Panther car is a seminal work by this master Hollywood artisan.

The Pink Panther car was understood to be owned by Mr. Ohrberg until it was entered into auction in June 2007 by COYS. It was then bought for £88,000 by the current owner.

The vehicle is in totally original condition and would benefit from some sympathetic restoration as the car is now 42 years old. The engine is not currently running, but it was believed to be working when the vehicle was sold in 2007. As the car is not street-legal, it does not come with a Swansea V5. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a particularly famous automobile, which is the only one of its kind.
It is being offered for sale via an online auction starting on Sunday 4th September to coincide with the cars appearance at the Chelsea Auto Legends Show on the same day.

The auction is being run by auctioneers Robson Kay via bidspotter.co.uk and ends at 13:00 Friday 14th October. For more information on how to bid or how to view the car after it's appearance at Chelsea Auto Legends, visit www.robsonkay.co.uk

Sale Estimate:
£50,000 – 100,000
www.pinkpanthercar.com


Phantasmagorical fully-licensed replica comes up for auction

It is one of the 20th century's most iconic automobiles and has been an inspiration to generations of automobile designers and enthusiasts; legendary movie car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has fueled childhood dreams for more than four decades. This is a rare chance to own a piece of fully functioning movie magic.

Though only six cars were designed and built for the legendary eponymous 1968 film and are exceedingly rare, this Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at auction is a fully licensed replica (with documentation from MGM Solicitors, Forrester Ketley & Co.). Begun as a labour of love in 2000 by its creator Tony Green, this magnificent car is true to the original in every way, including original period brass lamps and a brass snake horn that came directly from one of the original six film cars. The result of three years of painstakingly meticulous work, this car was built using the finest engineers and master boat builders who were tru e to the original in every way. The car will be sold with all history including photographic reference, all receipts, MOT's and blueprint drawings.

Measuring in at 18 feet long, 6 feet wide and 1.5 tons this Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a large and impressive vehicle. The car is road legal, has the registration number 'GEN 22' and is registered with the DVLA as 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Power comes from a 3L V6 Ford engine with a BorgWarner automatic gearbox. It has not been driven in the last 18 months and could do with a service and sympathetic restoration, but it drives and naturally causes a stir wherever it goes!

One of the most coveted cars from the silver screen, the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang vintage racing car was designed by Ken Adam and built by Ford Racing Team. For the film version, only six cars were created, including one fully functional road-going car – which recently came up for auction with an estimate of $1,000,000 – 2,000,000.

Mr. Green owned and used the car until 2007, when it was acquired with finance by a private collector. In September 2005, Mr Green approached Bonhams for a valuation and they were quoted as saying that the "car has potential to raise considerable income" and features "coachwork of the highest quality". They believed the car could reach £250,000 at auction. Mr Green decided to keep the car at that time and only parted with it in June 2007 for £250,000.

Once under new ownership, the private collector wanted to make some more improvements by taking the car to 'Design For Sport' – where they specially designed and custom built automatically opening wings, rising propellers and rotating blades. This involved fitting a microprocessor control unit with wireless key control in to the wicker picnic basket on to the back of the car. These striking components are beautifully integrated and truly add to the magic of this special automobile. The cost of these improvements totalled some £48,720.

The film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a true Hollywood classic, and has been a beloved part of many millions of childhoods for decades. Originally written by James Bond author, Ian Flemming, the 1968 film script was written by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes. Whilst the car was undoubtedly the star of the film, the lead character was played by Dick Van Dyke and the Director was Albert R. Broccoli – who was the co-producer of the James Bond series of films.

It is being offered for sale via an online auction starting on Sunday 4th September to coincide with the cars appearance at the Chelsea Auto Legends Show on the same day.

The auction is being run by auctioneers Robson Kay via bidspotter.co.uk and ends at 14:00 Friday 14th October. For more information on how to bid or how to view the car after it's appearance at Chelsea Auto Legends, visit www.robsonkay.co.uk

Sale Estimate:
£150,000 – 250,000
www.chittychittybangbangcar.com