Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Magical Car Author:Ian Fleming These stories are affectionately dedicated to the memory of the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, built in 1920 by Count Zborowski on his estate near Canterbury. She had a pre-1914 war, cahain drive, 75 horsepower Merceds chassis in which was insatlled a six-cylinder Maybach aero engine - the military type used by the Germans in their Zeppelins... more »...In 1921, she won the Hundred M.P.H. Short Handicap at Brooklands at 101 miles per hour, and, in 1922, again at Brooklands, the Lightning Short Handicap. But in that year she was involved in an accident and the Count never raced her again.« less
Pub. in 1964. It seems that James Bond's inventor, Ian Fleming, had a very wide ranging imagination. Fleming wrote this wonderful story about a famous race car and its life with some wonderful children after it crashed and was abandoned. The stage play and Disney movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was taken from this book.