Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sells for £500,000

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.
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.

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