Trivia: The fictional car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was based on a real-life series of aero-engined racing cars called "Chitty Bang Bang," built and owned by Count Zborowski between 1921 and 1926. The first of the three cars in the series 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 Zborowski was killed driving a small 2-liter engine capacity car in 1924.
Trivia: Dick Van Dyke starred in this 1968 film about a fellow who purchases and restores a magical motorcar and must protect it from the greedy clutches of a conniving foreign tyrant; and, of course, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" became a children's classic. Ironically, three years earlier, in 1965, Jerry Van Dyke (Dick's younger brother) starred in an NBC television situation-comedy about a fellow who purchases and restores a magical motorcar and must protect it from the greedy clutches of a conniving car collector. Widely panned by critics as the worst-ever idea for a TV series, "My Mother the Car" was cancelled in 1966 after one season, and the good-natured Jerry Van Dyke always admitted that the series was the very definition of bad television.Charles Austin Miller