Some 50 years on from its chart-topping success of the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is being celebrated on the Practical Classics stand with a virtually perfect recreation of the original car from the film.
Master restorer, Richard Skinner, is creating an inch perfect replica of the film car, Gen II, using original studio drawings and body patterns from the builder of the wooden bodies 50 years ago. What is emerging (as Richard is racing to finish the car in his workshop!) is a Chitty that is as close to GEN II, the actual roadworthy car from the film as possible.
“I’ve even gone as far as locating the rare Afrormosia wood used on the original cars,” says Richard. “Plus the Obeche that is layered in between the planks. Very rare and VERY expensive but this project HAS to be correct in every way.”
It has the correct Ford Essex V6 engine and Borg Warner auto gearbox as originally used plus the wheels were cast using an original pattern (owned by Richard) at the foundry that made the wheels for the movie cars 50 years ago.
Richard will be on hand working on the almost complete car, showing off his skills on the PC stand (5-2309) all weekend. He will be able to answer your questions and, as the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show’s very own Caractacus Potts, won’t be shy if you fancy a photograph with him or the car.
Visit the stand to meet the PC team for a chat as well as discovering offers on your favourite mag. You will also be able to see which local clubs and branches have reached the top ten in our hunt, with Footman James Insurance, to find Britain’s Best Classic Car Club and take part in our unioque ‘Spin and Win’ competition.