Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Sale

If you’re a fan of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film and have an inordinate amount of money to  spend on a new car, today’s post is most definitely for you.

Profiles in History, a dealer in film manuscripts and memorabilia has placed up for auction a fully functional and road ready replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for sale on Ebay.

Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe how incredible this replica is, and a generation, this car was a fixture in their collective childhood memories. Unfortunately, though, the opening bid for the vehicle starts at 1 million dollars, making this an unlikely acquisition for the average Steampunk.

To view other details of the vehicle, see the auction, and perhaps place a bid on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, visit the ebay auction. And if you are a movie buff and love film memorabilia in general, do be sure to explore the Profiles in History website for an impressive assortment of film related merchandise.

The Steam Powered Automobile

Steam powered carriages and automobiles might seem like something straight from a Steampunk novel, but we actually have a long though somewhat mixed record of successful attempts at building a steam powered motor vehicle. For the entire historical breakdown, check out this article.

One of the first attempts at a steam powered automobile was the 1802 Trevithick Steam Carriage. This fully operational machine was built in an effort to address the increasing difficulty of keeping horses in rapidly industrializing urban centers where is was more attractive to use arable land to support a booming population.

Although the thing did work, the carriage was far more expensive to construct and operate than the traditional horse drawn carriages. The first model also came to a rather tragic end as it set fire to the shed it was in and was destroyed while Trevithick and Co. were in a pub celebrating the carriage’s successful first run. Bummer.

So while the technological capabilities for a steam driven automobile in the Victorian period was theoretically possible, it was largely impractical and expensive to actually execute. Steam power was largely regulated to the vehicles that could manage the large steam engine: boats and trains. Other models beyond the 1802 Trevithick Steam Carriage were attempted and even encountered some degree of success, like this 1899 Locomobile Steam Car.

Miluira Electric Runabout

There’s a new electric car that’s soon to hit the market that’s sure to get the engines racing of both Steam and Dieselpunks alike.

Oh shiny!

Meet the Miluira, an electric roadster that’s a perfect car for any Steampunk who needs the aesthetic to extend the vehicle they drive. I have to admit, when I saw this car, I wanted it.

But then I saw the price. Priced at $76,010 USD (6,300,000 Yen), the Miluira is definitely out of my budget, especially one that’s top speed is 37 MPH. Personally, I’d have a hard time spending that much money on a car whether I had the money or not, but that doesn’t stop the car from being complete awesome to look at despite its impracticality.

To see more of the Miluira, check out their website.

Bill Lear’s Steam Car

Today’s post is a semi-retro post from Popular Mechanics that was first published in April 1969. Years ago Bill Lear, the same man who invented the Lear Jet, proposed a design for a steam powered car.

There’s a lot of proposals as to why this idea was never developed. Everything from a lack of interest to a conspiracy against the gasoline powered auto-manufacturers. Many people seem to believe that Lear’s basic idea should be able to work. In fact, there’s even a Steam Car Club of Great Britain that was formed in recognition of the ever increasing interest in steam cars and the need for a standalone club dedicated to that need.

The article on Bill Lear’s steam car is, naturally, a bit dated, but it’s still an interesting read to learn more about steam technology in automobiles. Fortunately, the article isn’t overly technical, so even if you have a passing interest in this topic, you may find it enlightening.

A steam powered car would be the epitome of a Steampunk modified automobile. Though I love my car, a steam powered car would be completely awesome.