Iconic Cars from Your Favorite Films, Part 2

by Joe Ferguson on January 15, 2013

There are many iconic cars from movies that would make any film enthusiast burst with excitement to own. Imagine waking up every morning, walking into your garage, and having a piece of cinematic history resting there snugly. This, of course, would be a very expensive prospect, but for those with the cash flow for such an acquisition, buying a film-famous vehicle at auction could really make childhood (or grown-up) dreams come true.  This is the second installment in a 3-part series about some of your favorite cars from recent and classic films.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The grand-pappy of magical film cars, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, first flew onto screens and into our imaginations in the classic 1968 film of the same name. A prime example of film’s ability to turn an inanimate object into a loveable character, “Chitty” is one of the most recognizable film cars of all.

It seems, however, that perhaps this iconic car is losing some of its luster. At a Profiles in History Hollywood memorabilia auction last year, the iconic automobile was projected to rake in as much as $1-2 million but ended up flying off the block for just $805,000.

Not a small sum of money by any means, but substantially less than purported. It would appear that the classic film car’s signature song may need a little revamp –

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

We love you,

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

Just not as much as we used to…”

Joe Dirt’s 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

Nobody mistakes Joe Dirt for Citizen Kane, but this 2001 David Spade comedy does deal with subject matter much more relatable to the regular guy than Orson Welles’ epic black and white masterpiece.

Most prominent among this subject matter is Joe’s affinity for sports cars. Dirt’s obsession for fast cars plays a major role in the film’s progression which is why it should come as no surprise that his trusty steed, a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, was also up for auction recently.

Winking with one headlight flap up, and one down, the dilapidated car fetched $18,000. A meager amount of cash when compared to Chitty’s “low-balled” earnings, but definitely a high price tag for such an obscure car, from an even more obscure film.

You don’t have to have such deep pockets to get a car from most auto auctions. Check out your local auction house’s auction schedule and see if they have a right match for you. If you can’t afford to purchase an actual film-used vehicle, you can always customize your own to represent your tastes in film.

I’ve been checking and it would still appear that Han’s “Millennium Falcon” from Star Wars won’t be up for auction anytime soon and even if it were to become available, I don’t even have my space pilot’s license…yet.

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