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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car sold for $965,000

14:30 AEST Mon Jan 16 2012
The car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

A UK radio personality has bought the car used in the classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for almost 500,000 pounds ($NZ964,860).

Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans bought the vehicle to restore and add to his already extensive collection, the Daily Mirror reports.

The previous owner acquired it last year at auction in Los Angeles for the same price but at 5.2 metres long, it would not fit into his garage.

Evans said the previous owner was a friend.

"My pal had bought the car on his birthday before he went skiing, not realising she is over 17 feet long. Garage problem. No money lost or gained," he said.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was released in 1968 and starred Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes and Benny Hill.

The car — the only one in the film that actually worked — was built by the Ford Racing Team and has a Ford three-litre V6 engine and a dashboard plate from a British World War I fighter plane.

The bonnet is crafted from polished aluminium, the boat deck is hand-crafted from red and white cedar, and the brass fittings were taken from Edwardian cars.

User comments
Um doesn't Peter Jackson own this car? Things don't quite add up if you read reports of Jackson's Purchase of the vehicle....
The car was actually made by Maurice Gomm at Gomm metal craft south of London.
So how come Sir Peter Jackson owns a working version as well which was paraded giving rides at WW1 Rememberance day last November at Hood Aerodrome Masterton, NZ. How many cars were there???