(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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
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.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
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.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Speed Cameras To Start Issuing $35 Tickets To Drivers Going 6 MPH Over The Limit On Monday