posted 5 years ago

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Auction

The famous movie car of the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sold at auction in America this week for £495,415 ($805,000).

The famous movie car of the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sold at auction in America this week for £495,415 ($805,000). The car was estimated to sell for between $1m - $2m but fell short of the estimation.

The car built by the Ford racing team was the only one of five cars that was fully functional, the other four only being mock vehicles. The working vehicle was used for all the close up driving scenes and was the only one to be registered with the famous “GEN 11” numberplate, this was the original registration given to the the vehicle in the novel. The car itself has a dashboard plate from a World War I fighter plane, and the rear of the vehicle was hand-made by Buckingham boat-builders from cedar. The car itself has a 3.0-litre V6 under its polished aluminium bonnet.
 

The sell was shown on the June 28 episode of Hollywood Treasure.

The previous owner's website said is was sold. So, reserve or not, I have to accept it indeed has a new owner.

Apparently even thou the vehicle didn't meet the reserve the owner did indeed lower the price and sold it anyway. The Owner apparently said "Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I'll Sell you."

Currently having an argument with someone over whether this was sold or not? apparently it didn't meet reserve and didn't sell, and apparently it was sold anyway. Can anyone shed any light on this?

Simple research of the actual auction (instead of copying incorrect online posts) would reveal that the car did not make the $1 million reserve and did not sell. For proof, see the icollector auction site - they post the ACTUAL RESULTS (nice source material)