Saturday 10 December 2016

Chris Evans selling Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car at auction

Published 12/08/2015 | 12:13

Chris Evans inside his 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica which is among those he is putting up for auction
Chris Evans inside his 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica which is among those he is putting up for auction
Chris Evans is selling 13 cars from his private collection at auction

New Top Gear host Chris Evans is putting his famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car up for auction, alongside 12 other luxury models from his collection.

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The multi-million-pound selection of motor cars features six Ferraris, including a rare right-hand drive 1966 model in lime green estimated to fetch between £2.6 million and £2.9 million.

The TV and radio presenter, whose annual CarFest show ended in tragedy earlier this month when a pilot died in an air display, will also put 140 lots of auto-memorabilia up for sale, the proceeds of which will be donated to Children In Need.

Evans revealed that he had bought the 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, the same model used in the 1968 children's film, in 2012 and has since restored the 17ft motor which comes complete with multi-coloured "wings".

Sholto Gilbertson, director of motor cars at Bonhams, said: "Chris Evans is offering thirteen incredible motor cars at Bonhams sale, a stable which includes six outstanding Ferraris.

"Chris has been a long-standing client of Bonhams, so we're delighted to offer his incredible motor cars at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale.

"In refreshing his collection, others will have the opportunity to enjoy Chris' fantastic cars - after all, you never 'own' a classic car, you enjoy it, look after it and pass it on for others to appreciate."

The 13 cars will be sold by Evans' company Zimple Cars while the auto-memorabilia will be sold from his private collection.

Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale takes place on September 12 in Goodwood, Chichester.

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