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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes up for auction

16th May 2011

The iconic car featured in the film adaptation of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is being sold at auction in Los Angeles.

The fully-functioning vehicle is the star attraction at the Profiles in History auction, featuring movie memorabilia from the last 100 years of Hollywood.

Designed by Ken Adam and built by the Ford Racing Team, the car played a star role in the 1968 movie, based closely on Fleming's novel and featuring Dick Van Dyke as an eccentric inventor who takes his family on an amazing adventure.

Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, said the car is arguably the most recognisable vehicle in the world.

'This car is the best of the best. It takes your breath away. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a car collector or museum,' he added.

In December last year, a number of other Ian Fleming creations went under the hammer as part of an auction of James Bond first editions in Gloucestershire, including a copy of Casino Royale that fetched GBP 16,000.

Meanwhile, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, the official sequel to Fleming's novel written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, will be published on October 7th this year and follow the adventures of a family who fit Chitty's old engine into their camper van.

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