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Original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang GEN11 for sale

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The magical story-telling prowess of Ian Fleming certainly seems to translate into film, as the automotive stars of the film adaptations of two of his most famous novels are both claimed to be the world's best known cars.

The first, the James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 movie car from Goldfinger and Thunderball (fitted with the full complement of operational 'Q-Branch' gadgets) sold at auction in London last October for GBP2,912,000 (US$4,608,500).

The other is GEN 11, the fully functioning star of the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now it too – a fully-functioning road car (no, it doesn't fly) is to go under the auctioneer's hammer.

The car was built in 1967 for the central role in the film, which was rather loosely based on Ian Fleming's childrens' novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car – the film script was a collaboration between the remarkable Roald Dahl and the film's director, Ken Hughes and differed markedly from the novel.

The car was created by the film's production designer Ken Adam, Rowland Emmett (whose job it was to create all of Caractacus Potts' inventions for the film) and the Ford racing team. Details of the construction of the car can be found on the auction site.

6 comments
Griffin
Sure it\'ll fly. All cars fly. You just need a C-130...
Neil Larkins
Darn. I didn\'t know it was still around. I want it. Double darn: No way I got the money. Somebody donate it to me...please!
Gadgeteer
I\'d bid if it came with Sally Ann Howes. Truly scrumptious!
Stuart Halliday
Did you know that the orginal car, built in the 1910s for racing was named such because the local army in France used to give tickets (or chittys) to officers to go to the local Brothels. Hence \'Chitty, chitty...Bang bang...\' When Ian Fleming was a child he used to get rides in the famous racing car which won many races. Cute...
Stuart Halliday
IIRC, there were 4 or 5 made. Each could do one the film\'s car tricks. I wonder which one this is? Cars of the Stars museum still owns one.
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