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(CBS) — He did something most of us could never even dream of doing: He built a car, but not just any car.

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says Mat Klemp is someone you should know.

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It’s a car that no one else can own, and it’s so rare people have to ask what it is, unless you are a movie buff.

It’s a replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the vehicle featured in the 1968 movie of the same name starring Dick Van Dyke.

Klemp, a LaGrange resident, built it all from scratch.

“I saw the movie when I was a little boy, and saw Dick Van Dyke build a car. I thought I could do that same thing,” he says. “Then finally one Christmas I got a model of the car. That inspired me to actually dig in and actually do the work.”

Klemp is a mechanical engineer, so building a car like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang came naturally to him. It took four years to build.

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The original car was made for the movie. There’s no such thing, and it was never produced.

Klemp’s version has a license and can be legally driven in Illinois.

“It goes about 50 miles an hour,” he says.

The movie version of the vehicle had wings; Klemp is working on that for his version.

But will it actually fly, like the car in the movie?

“Once,” Klemp says, “and I don’t want to be around for  the landing.”

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