Flying car research may be moving along in fits and starts, but at least we live in a world where you can buy the original Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. There's only one bid for $1 million. Don't sit on a bargain like this!
This is the fully-functional road car purpose-built for principal shooting. Production designer Ken Adam stood firm in his belief that if the film was to be about a car, a real car would have to be built-not a mock-up [...] Chitty rolled out of the workshop in June 1967 and was registered with the number plate "GEN 11" given to her by Ian Fleming in his novel ("GEN 11" had significance in that if you read the number ones as "i's", it spelled out the Latin word "Genii" meaning magical person or being). Due to the outlandish capabilities of Chitty, the studio built other non-driving, versions for various stunts including the flying scenes and sea-faring chase. This hero "close-up" car was used in all of the road-driving sequences and is the only car to bear the legitimate "GEN 11" registration plates (the other versions all bore "GEN 11", but this was purely cosmetic).
Incidentally, Ian Fleming was the author of the original book. I'm kind of surprised James Bond/Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang team-ups aren't more popular in the fan fiction community (not to mention in slash fiction circles).
[Spotted on the Presurfer]