Iconic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car bought by director Peter Jackson
Lord of the Rings Director, Sir Peter Jackson, has become the new owner of an iconic piece of British cinema history, the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car.
Michael Jackson had allegedly tried to purchase the car for his Neverland Ranch some years earlier but owner Pierre Picton refused to part with the car and see it leave the UK. Now another famous name, award-winning movie director Peter Jackson has succeeded in gaining ownership of the legendary car and has reportedly had the classic motor shipped out to his native New Zealand.
The Academy Award winning director has been spotted driving the instantly recognisable car in the Wellington area of New Zealand with his children onboard.
The director is planning to take the famous car to air displays at the Hood Aerodrome, Masterton to offer members of the public the chance to take a spin in Chitty in exchange for a donation to charity.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang found fame in the 1968 children's movie of the same name starring Dick van Dyke. The magical car not only travelled on land, but could fly and also float on water. Six versions of the car were created, although just one fully functioning road car was featured in the majority of the much loved children's film and bears the registration plate GEN 11.
The one-of-a-kind vintage car went up for auction in May and was sold for $805,000, some way off its estimated selling price of $1-2 million.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car