Collectors of TV and movie cars have something to get excited about with news that both the original Pink Panther car and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are going to auction.
The sale on October 14 will be the second time the striking Panthermobile has been to auction. The custom model was created by famous movie car designer Jay Ohrberg in 1969 for the Pink Panther TV show that ran till 1976. Ohrberg is the designer behind iconic screen cars 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.
The Panthermobile is in original condition and according to its seller requires some restoration. It’s not street legal but is still expected to fetch between £50,000 and £100,000.
The second movie star car that will be auctioned off is a replica of the legendary car from the 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. While its not one of the six original cars built for the movie, it is a fully licensed replica built by Tony Green in 2000. It uses some parts from one of the original cars including its brass snake horn. The replica also features folding wings, a propeller and rotating blades to mimic the movements of the movie cars. The replica is powered by a 3.0-litre Ford V6 with an automatic Borg Warner transmission and is street legal.
Auctioneers Robson Kay expects the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica to bring in between £150,000 to £250,000. There must be some serious fans out there for a replica to achieve that sort of coin.