On Ebay: “The Most Famous Film Car In The World!”

After 40+ years of existence, the time has finally arrived for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (MGM, 1968) “GEN 11″ car to land itself on eBay.  The starting bid is 1 million dollars, and it has a higher reserve price, so if you are expecting to snipe this relic at the last minute for $450 before anybody else notices it, sorry, it just isn’t happening.

This massive car… boat…er…. plane weighs 2 tons, and was hand crafted with old school tools way back in the 1960′s. It runs, drives, and stops, but it doesn’t fly or float.  It’s got an aluminum hood, cedar boat body, a few plane parts here and there, and enough brass to make you want to never polish again.  It also has a fairly famous history that you may have heard about. » Continue reading more of this post…

Soooo The Batmobile Was Just On Ebay If Anybody Is Interested.

You heard right, The “1989 Batmobile” from Batman Returns was just up for grabs on eBay listed as “1980 Other Makes Batman”.  Apparently eBay doesn’t have a Batmobile category yet.  The listing has already been pulled down though.  Apparently for $450,000, you would not only get the cave dwelling Batmobile itself, which does fully function and have hydraulics (Batman, you so gangsta!), but you also get a Batman statue and a Gotham city police badge!   BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!  If you had bought it now, a real Batman Batarang would have also been included.  Geeze, you guys really missed out on this thing.  Imagine going grocery shopping in a Batmobile.

Note to self: If you are going to try to sell the Batmobile, make sure you get “the ok” from Batman, or he WILL put a stop to it.

Note to eBay: Create Batmobile category for future Batmobile listings.

ebay # 150524434748

Question: Universal Studios Backlot Tour Cars?

Bluecoupes

Yesterday on Jalopnik, they had a story about Hollywood’s Hidden Parking Lot.  It was really a pretty cool read, and it got me thinking back to when I was about 13 years old.  I remember taking a family trip to Florida, and going on the “Universal Studios Backlot Tour”.   (It is a very vague memory so bare with me.)  I think I was on a trolley sort of thing, and I remember driving by a big parking lot that had a bunch of old movie cars in it.  The only part of the tour that I actually remember was the row of faded & damaged blue 1939 Plymouth coupe’s that were from the Roger Rabbit movie.  With a quick search of Google, I actually found an old picture of them.  Gosh I would love to have one of them.  Even the one with the missing roof!  Like most cars from 39-41, they just have great lines.

My question to you is:  Does anybody know if these cars are still there?  Got pictures? What else is there with them?  Bonus Points if you can find them on Google Earth! (I tried and failed.)

Photo by Jeff Lange, Found on:

http://jimhillmedia.com/Columnists/b/jeff_lange/archive/2006/09/06/5591.aspx