Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sells for £500,000 – Second Chance!?

One of the most famous cars in cinema history has sold in America – the star of the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The car failed to live up to its pre-auction hype though, and sold for $805,000 (£495,415) – well short of its estimated value of $1m-$2m. Not to worry if you missed it, you have a second chance- sort of.

Chitty was created by the Ford racing team and was always intended to be a fully operational vehicle. As a result it is still driveable and carries a 3.0-litre V6 engine under its shiny metal bonnet.It was the car that was used in all the driving close-up shots in the film and was the only one to be registered with the famous “GEN 11” numberplate that Ian Fleming gave to Chitty in the original novel on which the film was based.Five mock-ups were created in total, but this was the only one that was driveable.The bonnet was made from polished aluminium, the boat-like rear was created from hand-polished cedar by Buckingham boat-builders and the alloy dashboard plate is from a British World War I fighter plane.

Did you miss out on buying Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when it went under the hammer earlier this year? Well, here is your second chance!

Don’t worry – you could get hold of your very own Chitty for just £6,000! A child-sized replica will be sold by auction house Bonhams at this weekend’s Goodwood Revival with an estimate of between £6,000 and £8,000.

The pint-sized Chitty was lovingly built by an ardent fan of model cars. In fact, Bonhams has sold a number of cars by the maker, and all have caused a stir when they’ve come up for auction.

“The car has been built with incredible attention to detail,” Bonhams’ Toby Wilson exclusively told Autoblog. “When it arrives at Goodwood later this week, I’ll be making sure I’m the first person to take it for a test drive!”

Even though the Chitty model was designed for children, adults are able to drive it by perching on the car’s wooden boat-tail. It’s battery-powered, so it’s also environmentally-friendly.