Return of the fine four-fendered friend

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang back on the road, stays grounded for now

Published: August 26, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:25 PM

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is back!

Although a film remake is probably long overdue and would undoubtedly do well in today’s CGI movie world, we’re talking about the actual car, which has been reconstructed and will be available at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England for photos.

The iconic flying car will be grounded for its stay at Beaulieu, driving around the picturesque grounds and providing photo-ops for museum visitors through to the Labour Day weekend, along with a host of other vintage and veteran vehicles driven by chauffeurs in period costumes. Pennyfarthings, falconry demonstrations, and music and acting performances will be available to fill in the gaps between car-spottings.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was reconstructed by an ardent fan, utilizing some of the authentic parts from one of the seven cars used during the filming of the 1968 musical based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name.

The authentic parts included three body panels, part of the radiator cowling, one of the headlights, the wheels and leather straps. The original car’s wooden boattail was recreated for the reconstruction by the same artisan, and a V-6 was installed to grant power to the machine (though the sound is probably different from the noises that gave the car its name).

The new car debuted at the Beaulieu Village Fete, delivering Lord Montagu, and actor Stefan Booth and son Benjamin for the festival’s celebrity opening and ribbon cutting.