Famous movie car up for auction in May

April 27, 2011 12:00 AM

Possibly one of the movie industry's most famous cars, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is up for auction, reports AutoWeek.

The film, released in 1968 but set in 1910, became an instant classic for its portrayal of a car that could fly and drive itself. Apparently there's a plot to the movie, but IMDB explains it much better than anyone else.

"Employing many techniques to make the vehicle appear as one would have in 1910 … the car is built on a custom ladder-frame chassis, with a polished aluminum hood, a body of red and white cedar and brass fittings obtained from Edwardian cars," reports the new source.

Estimates place the vehicle's auction value between $1 and $2 million, but it won't sell until May 14th or 15th, when the Part of Profiles in History's Hollywood Memorabilia Auction 44 is held.

The high price is likely due to the fact that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang still works! While it doesn't have the flying technology, it's still able to hit the road.

According to AutoWeek, the car was built by Ford's Racing Team and conceived by Ken Adams, who designed the James Bond sets during the early years.  

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