• Sep 3, 2011
Television and movie memorabilia fans can get excited. Both the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are headed to auction. The Panthermobile has been to auction once before since being created in 1969 by Back to the Future DeLorean, 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


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      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Every time I hear the name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I think of the scene from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls when he's riding through the jungle in the Land Rover.
        Myself
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Every time I hear the name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I can't help feeling that this is the most idiotic name anyone coulg give to a) car b) TV show. Ever. And, I'm sorry, that's true even if you're 5 years old, or were 5 years old 40 years ago. And that's before going into songs....
          Quest
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Myself
          If you saw the "MOVIE" you would understand how the car got its name - the sound of the engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P2jiRPlq2U The car looked cool, sounded cool, it could fly... the possibilities, the grand adventures it promised... you know, similar to how a good driver's car makes one feel on the open road. For me, CC BB and the first sight of an e-type started my long love affair with the automobile. Did you have a childhood, dream or a have been a curmudgeon since the start.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Myself
          You're a retard. Please refrain from posting in the future. Kthnxbai
      Gustavo De La Mora
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm gonna be a bit of a fanboy here...but some of your facts are wrong Autoblog KITT was designed and built by a designer named Micheal Scheffe, had a hand in the DeLorean from BTTF. George Barris was then contracted out by Universal to build replicas of Mike' Scheffe's hero car through the first couple seasons of Knight Rider. In the 4th season is when Ohrberg got involved with the show, he built the awful Super Persuit Mode KITT and the convertible version and built/assembled the cars for Universal. Scheffe also designed the 3rd and 4th season KITT, but did not build a hero version. Mike Scheffe is actually a good friend of mine and I've seen all his preliminary illustrations he drew up for Glen Larson. The 1966 Batmobile was designed by Herb Grasse who worked for George Barris at the time. He basically just modified the a design Dean Jeffries had already mocked up that was originally gonna be a modified Cadillac. The 1989 Batmobile was designed by Anton Furst, who actually won an Oscar for his design work. Come on Autoblog get your car facts right.
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          Gustavo De La Mora
          • 3 Years Ago
          That's the part everyone knows. Barris suggested the Futura be used to complete the car on time, since he wouldn't have had to design many things from scratch. Herbe Grasse designed the "batification" of the Futura.
      phpoling
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car should be sitting in Smithonian Museum in Washington, DC and it's very rare and beautiful car today same for Pink Panther car, too.
      michaelcbarefoot
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LIKE BOTH CARS BUT AS FOR ME I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE SEDAN?LINCOLN THAT WAS CHOPPED AND SOUPED UP IN THE MOVIE "THE CAR" STARRING JAMES BROLIN.........BAD AZZ RIDE TO ME EVEN TODAY.....WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THAT CAR.
      Brian E Parker
      • 3 Years Ago
      I grew up watching the Pink Panther Show - it was a CARTOON! This car had nothing to do with the show
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Wow, way to be a troll. It was a movie also. There's 4 movies altogether. The 1st two being the originals back in 1963 and 1976.
          s10
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Actually, the pink panther car was never used in a pink panther movie, it was however a rel live version of the car sometimes used in the cartoon.
          Brian E Parker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Have you seen the movies Elmo? This car wasn't in any of them.
        Jim & Angie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Yes, it was a cartoon, but when NBC showed it in the early-70's, there was a live action opening that had this car pulling up to a movie theatre and the Panther and Inspector Clouseau got out of it through that side door. Here's the proof- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bii-PIGprv8
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Way to cover up the fact that you were being a troll. The car was in the cartoon.
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      ha, when we were little kids my sister and I used to sing the song replacing chitty with sh!tty. Cracked us up to no end (keep in mind we were like 7).
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      Quest
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brings back memories. I was obsessed with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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