Trivia: The car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was based on the aero-engined race cars of the very early twentieth century. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was the name of a series of three racing cars built and owned by Count Zborowski, between 1921 and 1926. The first had a Mercedes chassis with a twenty three litre, six cylinder Maybach engine which reached 100.75mph at Brooklands. The second had an early Mercedes chassis and an 18.8 litre Benz BZ series aero-engine and competed in Sahara desert races. The third had a 160 horse power Mercedes single overhead camshaft six cylinder aero engine and was tuned to produce 180 horse power, and lapped Brooklands at 112.68mph.There was a fourth version, known as the "Higham Special" was the largest capacity (27 litres) racing car ever to run at Brooklands. Its gearbox and chain-drive (also easily seen in the movie car) from a pre-war Blitzen Benz and it had a 450 horse power V12 Liberty aero engine. It set a speed record in 1926 of 170.02mph. Ironically, the count was killed driving a small 2 liter engine capacity car in 1924.
Continuity mistake: Truly crashes into the pond three times: first when the kids are playing in the road and she takes them home, second on the day of the picnic when she says she has nothing else to do and will go on the picnic too, and third at the end of the film when Potts finds out he is rich. In the second of these three, when Mr. Potts carries Truly from her car in the pond, the end of the ribbons on the back of her dress gets soaked in mud, but when you see her again at the beach there is no sign of the dirt.
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