Stuart Wallis took his daughter’s challenge seriously: “Daddy, can you make me a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?” Alertly, he began with a 1976 Land Rover…
You remember the movie from 1968, don’t you? The Dick Van Dyke classic from Ian Fleming (the author better know as the creator of the James Bond films) whereby a man takes a hunk of metal and transforms it into a magical flying race car? Well evidently the daughter of Stuart Wallis from Hampshire, England – where these types of stories always seem to arise from – had recently seen the movie and thought, since her daddy could do anything, he should build her a car like the one in the movie.
Not being one to disappoint his daughter, Wallis took up the challenge and amazingly, just three months later, drove this beautiful replica out of his garage and presented it to her. The project must have been made a bit easier by starting with a 1976 Land Rover, the type that was designed to be re-built in the field should circumstances require it.
No, it doesn’t fly and it certainly doesn’t resemble a Land Rover anymore, but it does have a 1,000 watt amplifier under the hood with loudspeakers that scream hits from the film and eight sets of air horns that reputably can re-create animal noises and police sirens.
Cool, eh? Wonder what she'll ask for next...?
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