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1909 Humber 8hp Replica

1909 Humber 8hp in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Movie, 1968 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1909 Humber 8hp Replica

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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sixcyl FR

2006-08-05 01:26

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I think of a Le Zebre, but not sure

modell US

2006-08-05 01:29

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The license plate is a reference to producer Albert "Cubby" R. Broccoli.

sixcyl FR

2006-08-05 10:01

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modell wrote The license plate is a reference to producer Albert "Cubby" R. Broccoli.

so? ..

antp BE

2006-08-05 10:50

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:??:

modell US

2006-08-05 16:44

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Albert R. Broccoli produced and directed all the early Bond films. Gert Frobe(Goldfinger) and Desmond Llewyn(Q) have roles in this movie.

Just an FYI.

junkman UK

2006-08-06 01:29

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Opel Doktorwagen?

Alexander DE

2006-08-06 03:00

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junkman wrote Opel Doktorwagen?

The radiator matches, but that's about it.
Link to "www.opel.de"

Perhaps a wreck rebuilt not to plan but from memory?

modell US

2006-08-06 05:43

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I guess it is an Opel Doktorwagen. This one looks just like it, except for the canvas roof attachment of course-

http://tins.stores.yahoo.net/opdokcar.html

Alexander DE

2006-08-07 15:11

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modell wrote I guess it is an Opel Doktorwagen. This one looks just like it, except for the canvas roof attachment of course ...


Quite a lot of details are different between this car and an Opel 4/8 PS, commonly known as 'Doktorwagen'.
Here is another image of an original Opel:
http://www.main-kinzig.de/auto/opel/100jahre/100_jahre_bild_doktorwagen.htm

To me it comes closer to a Buick Model 10 from 1908.
http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Buick/1908_Buick_Model_10.jpg

modell US

2006-08-07 19:45

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I doubt Europeans would be driving American cars during this time period.

Alexander DE

2006-08-07 19:58

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modell wrote I doubt Europeans would be driving American cars during this time period.

That is true, but the film was released in 1968. And in Britain of ca. 1910 Opel would be just as unlikely, I guess.

tom chaney

2006-08-12 11:06

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Since the vehicle is using sidelamps as headlamps, I'm guessing that this is a studio-assembled prop car of no antique provenance.

thewindmill EN

2006-09-16 23:40

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Truly's car is a Humber 1909.

Alexander DE

2006-09-24 09:58

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thewindmill wrote Truly's car is a Humber 1909.

That's it, Humber 8hp.
Link to "www.motoringpicturelibrary.com"

14stutz US

2010-06-18 15:58

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There is a brief mention in the current Classic and Sports Car magazine (UK) that the car shown in the film was a replica because of the mud scene and that it needed an auto transmission for the actress to drive.
A similar car is in the UK national auto museum.
It said most people think the museum car was used in the film, others maintain there was a replica.

Anyone else have details?

Sunbar UK

2010-06-19 13:06

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It does appear to be a replica based on the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu's Humber.

On the Beaulieu's Humber 8hp there is a large circular casting (flywheel?), part of the engine, behind the starting handle seen here... http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/wiki/Image:Im090427B-1909Humber8hp.jpg
The engine on the movie vehicle is not visible under and behind the radiator and number plate 'CUB 1' would not allow for the staring handle. There are other slight differences but although faithful to the original, it is almost certainly a replica. I believe the Classic and Sports Car magazine has it right and when the National Motor Museum says "This car was driven ... in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" they are possibly 'bending' the facts and they loaned the car so that a replica could be made.

-- Last edit: 2010-06-19 13:30:47

14stutz US

2010-07-03 18:04

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Sunbar
Thank you.
Now we have to wonder where the replica is.

Does anyone have any information?

Sunbar UK

2012-08-10 14:44

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The actual 1909 Humber 8hp. at Beaulieu appears here...

/vehicle_522704-Humber-8hp-1909.html

Classic Enthusiast EN

2012-10-06 12:02

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This is the car that is on display in the National Motor Museum. The CUB 1 plate actually belongs to Cubby Broccoli's Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

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