The original Child Catcher carriage from the much-loved film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is to go on display in the UK for the first time.
The iconic vehicle will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, to mark the movie’s half century.
‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years’ will run from 20 October to 3 November 2019, and will offer fans of the British musical adventure fantasy film an unmissable experience.
Four carriages were built, of which just two survive, and the one going to Beaulieu is the one used for the film’s key scenes.
It's on loan from the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, where the street scenes were filmed; indeed, the German museum is also marking the film's 50th anniversary.
The Child Catcher’s costume will be exhibited alongside this carriage, as will an original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car and the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious.
As if that wasn’t enough, visitors will also be able to enjoy the sight of a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction driving around the site.
A full-size replica of Grandpa Potts’ hut has been built using the technical drawings from the EON Productions archive, plus the original Spy Phone prop will be on show and Coggins’ Garage will be recreated, too.
There’ll also be a timeline charting the story’s history, from Ian Fleming – of James Bond fame – and his book about a magic, flying car, to the film, while first-edition copies of the book, plus plenty of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang memorabilia is going to be displayed.
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