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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Pink Panther cars up for auction

By Blogger on 08 Sep 2011

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Television and movie memorabilia fans can get excited. Both the original Pink Panther car and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are headed to auction. The Panthermobile has been to auction once before since being created in 1969 by Jay Ohrberg.
You may remember the designer as the mind behind hardware like K.I.T.T., the Back to the Future DeLorean, the General Lee, the Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch as well as Batmobiles from both 1966 and 1989. This was a busy guy. The Panthermobile is expected to fetch between 50,000 and 100,000 when it goes on sale on October 14.

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Meanwhile, a licensed replica of the famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is also going under the gavel. This particular machine was crafted in 2000 by Tony Green and includes hardware from one of the six original movie cars. The replica also features folding wings, a propeller and rotating blades to mimic the movements of the movie cars. All told, the auction house expects the replica to bring in between 150,000 to 250,000.

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The Pink Panther car was understood to be owned by Mr. Ohrberg until it was entered into auction in June 2007 by COYS. It was then bought for 88,000 by the current owner.

The vehicle is in totally original condition and would benefit from some sympathetic restoration as the car is now 42 years old. The engine is not currently running, but it was believed to be working when the vehicle was sold in 2007. As the car is not street-legal, it does not come with a Swansea V5. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a particularly famous automobile, which is the only one of its kind.

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