The automotive world held their breath as the bids came in for the car Noddy and Bigears drove around Toyland. As a child I was lucky enough to receive my father’s original first ed. Noddy books, and having read them all many times over, I have a special place in my heart for Noddy and friends. I just wish I had the £29,000 the car eventually sold for, £4,000 over the estimated price.
The car, license plate: NOD 513, is actually a 1969 Fiat Gamine Vignale used to promote Noddy following Enid Blyton’s death in 1968. Based on the Fiat 500, this two-seater roadster was based was built by Carozzeria Vignale between 1967 and 1971. Despite its tiny 594cc engine, Noddy claims it’s very fast due to the fact he’s so light. He even claims of hitting 65-mph past some Gollywogs and PC Plod.