Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Key facts

  • Capacity: 8,000cc
  • Cylinders: 12
  • Performance: Very fast! (on land, air and sea)
  • Price new: Not known (wreck of original car bought from Mr Coggins for 30 shillings)
  • Manufacturer: Paragon Motor Company (rebuilt by Caractacus Potts)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car 1968 On Display

Ian Fleming’s classic children’s book about a magical flying car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was first published in 1964. Fleming’s inspiration for the car was the 1920s racing car Chitty Bang Bang, owned and driven by Count Louis Zborowski. In 1968 the story was adapted for the big screen by children’s author Roald Dahl. The film, produced by Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli of James Bond film fame, was Oscar nominated for its musical score. It featured a host of stars including Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice and Barbara Windsor.

Displayed courtesy of EON Productions

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