Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Riverside Museum

An original reconstructed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car will be on display at the Riverside Museum until May 28th!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Riverside Museum

About Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Riverside Museum

Due to popular demand we are happy to announce the return of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car!

It will be on display until the 28th May at the Riverside Museum.

This unique, delightfully colourful car was one of six built in 1967 for a starring role in the British musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It featured the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, played by Dick Van Dyke, alongside other stars including Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious, Lionel Jeffries as the wonderfully odd grandpa and Robert Helpmann as the unforgettable main antagonist, the evil Childcatcher.

For the film six cars were created, including a fully functional road-going car with UK registration GEN 11. This car was designed by the film's production designer Ken Adam, and cartoonist and sculptor Frederick Rowland Emett and built by Alan Mann Racing in Hertfordshire in 1967. It was fitted with a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission. It was privately owned by Pierre Picton of Stratford-upon-Avon from the early 1970s until May 2011, when it was offered at auction by a California-based auction house and sold to film director Sir Peter Jackson.

Five other car props were built by the studio: a smaller road-going version; a transforming car; a hover-car; a flying car; and an engineless version for trailer work. Most had engines added after filming was complete and were used to promote the film throughout the world. The final road version, which is the one which will be on display at Riverside Museum, Glasgow, is privately owned by Gordon Grant.

It started as number 3 racing car, which crashes at the start of the film. The car has been painstakingly reconstructed by W G Grant, who has worked tirelessly to rebuild the car using the original components from the number 3 racing car. They were assisted by Lionel Whitehead, chief engineer of Allan Mann racing, chassis engineer Neil Spencer, electrician Russ of Solex Electrical Southhampton, family friend Ross and Gordon’s father, Gordon Grant Senior, on mechanics and engine.

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