Whoever stole the iconic “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” replica car early Thursday morning needs to know two things: It doesn’t drive and it certainly doesn’t fly.
Employees of A to Z Theatrical Supply and Service Inc. reported the theft of their priceless replica car made famous in the 1968 movie featuring Dick Van Dyke.
“This car has hundreds of hours of highly skilled artisans involved in creating this very unique piece,” said James Hunter, chief operations officer at A to Z Theatrical Supply. “It’s priceless to us. It’s unique and it cannot be easily replicated.”
The theater company’s version of the car was built by hand in 2015. It’s part of a set design package that is popular with high school and community theater groups across the country, Hunter said.
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“We allow high school theaters to do iconic productions, ones that have this very unique prop that they cannot make unless they use a refrigerator box,” Hunter said.
The car was being stored in a locked trailer that was parked in a lot near the company’s building at 800 E. Meyer Blvd. Surveillance video captured the trailer being driven away.
The company is offering a $500 reward for the return of the car. If you have a tip, call police at 816-474-TIPS.
In the past year, three vans have been stolen and a trailer broken into in the Brookside area where the business is located.
“We’re working very closely with police to step up patrol in this area,” Hunter said.
Generations of children grew up watching the movie named after the car and based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.”