Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car sells For 765k U.S Dollars
DJ Chris Evans buys Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car for £500k
Chris Evans has bought the iconic car used in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Radio 2 DJ is believed to have paid almost £500,000 and has now sent it to be restored.
He revealed he got the car from its current owner - who bought it at auction last year in Los Angeles - because at over 17 feet long it wouldn't fit in his garage.
Evans, who already has a multi-million pound classic car collection, is understood to have paid nearly £500,000 for the car, which he has now sent to be restored.
The car was recognised around the world after it starred in the 1968 hit film alongside Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes and Benny Hill.
Chitty, with the registration number GEN11, has been seen by thousands of fans and spent more than 30 years competing in charity races around he country.
Michael Jackson once tried to buy it for his Neverland Ranch.
Evans's son Noah, who is three next month, is a massive fan of the classic film.
The car was expected to fetch between £600,000 and £1.2million, but eventually sold for £495,415 at an auction in Los Angeles last May. Once his friend decided to sell the DJ is thought to have paid him the same amount to take the car from him.
Evans revealed at the weekend: "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.
"Chitty is now officially part of the Berkshire Automotive Massive. She is indeed Truly Scrumptious. She's also gone into the workshop for some much-needed road legalisation."
There were several Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars made for the film, but only one that actually worked. The vehicle was designed by Ken Adam and built by the Ford Racing Team.
Its bonnet is crafted of polished aluminium; the boat deck is hand-crafted of red and white cedar, and the brass fittings taken from Edwardian cars.
The car is powered by a Ford three-litre V6 engine and has a dashboard plate from a British World War I fighter plane.
Chitty was completed in 1967 and registered with the number plate GEN 11, given to her by Ian Fleming, who wrote the novel the film was based on. The registration spells the Latin word "genii", meaning magical person or being.
Evans, whose wife Natasha is expecting the couple's second child, also revealed he has recently toured locations used in the film, which tells the story of eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and the adventure he makes with his children in the flying car.
He added: "The windmill where the Potts lived had to be first, with the pond Truly drove into a close second and then various bridges and beaches.
"We can't wait to repeat the trip in Chitty herself. She can fly and will again."
For Christmas Evans bought his wife an original poster from the film and she bought him the original book.
Evans already owns one of the world's finest collection of Ferraris which he keeps in a special garage at his home. He sold off two of the vehicles in Monaco in 2010 but splashed out £12million on a rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO one of just 36 that were built by the famous Italian firm.
The DJ also bought another Ferrari, this time a 250 GT SWB California Spyder once owned by Hollywood actor James Coburn, for £5million in 2008.But the DJ just doesn't confine himself to Ferraris - last December he snapped up a 1998 Mini Cooper for £8,625.
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