The Man with the Golden Gun Gadgets
In theory a ‘Flying Car’ should be one of the all time Bond gadgets, but unfortunately it’s just a car with some clip on wings and a dashboard that converts into aeroplane dials.
There are a few more knobs and buttons than that, but in essence it is a car with a plane stuck on top.
The vehicle was based on a Ford Pinto that had been developed using parts of a Cessna aircraft. You would imagine rigorous checks would have been a certainty when the movie was filmed because while on a test flight in 1973, the wings and Pinto came apart and both of the engineers that had developed the project were killed.
In April 2001 Scaramanga’s flying car was sold for £7,480 in a Bonham and Brooks auction in London. This would generally be described as an absolute bargain – judging by the sales of movie cars in recent years, 10 times that figure could be a conservative estimate of its likely auction value.
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