April 17, 2018
There were six cars constructed for the film. Some have survived are are listed below. There have also been a number of replicas created. I have received many kind e-mails over the years from Chitty fans around the world. Since some of these e-mails have provided conflicting information, what follows is a brief summary and some pictures of the various versions, along with first-hand information that I have gathered regarding Chittys 1, 2, and 3. Click thumbnail pictures for a larger version.
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The car used for most
of the driving sequences in the film was previously owned by
It was the only one registered with the number plate GEN 11 and it also has wings which were added for promotional purposes in 1968. Mr. Picton purchased it from MGM.
In 2010 it was shipped to the United States, where Profiles in History planned to sell it at auction on May 15, 2011. There were no bidders, but the car was reportedly sold to Sir Peter Jackson and is currently located in New Zealand. There was a story on the SyFy show "Hollywood Treasure" about the auction company staff's visit with Pierre and the subsequent auction.
This "all aluminum" model was used in water scenes but never floated. It was used primarily for scenes when the car is trapped by the tide. The aluminum features were to keep costs down and to avoid the tarnishing of the brass by sea-water. It appears on screen for less than 30 seconds! Because it looked so different, they didn't end up using the transition scenes using this car. Instead, they re-shot these in the pool at Pinewood Studios using another Chitty.
This car was also driven in the 2004 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is still owned by EON Productions and is used for promotional purposes.
In 1990 it was sold at auction to a man in Chicago, where it was on display in his restaurant until it went bankrupt. Here is the text of an article from the time of that sale:
It was sold at a Kruse auction again in 2007 and was purchased by a collector in Jacksonville, Florida. I saw the car in person in 2010, and it has been lovingly restored. It still has the wings and propellers. The wings unfold and the propellers turn with power from an electric battery.