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Sir Topham Hatt uses his car to go to places when the engines are busy, or to see what the engines are doing. It once caused trouble when he drove it into a pothole, but he thinks it very reliable, and wouldn't want to get to work in any other vehicle.

Despite its usual blue colour, the car has taken on many forms throughout the years. It was blue in the Railway Series, but consisted of two different models in the television series. In jigsaws and other merchandise, the car is yellow, except for one where it is red. The plausible explanation is that the Fat Controller has more than one car.

In all cases, his car is presented as a typical vehicle of the 1940s. It is either loosely based on a Jowett Javelin or a Rover.

The Original Car

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Sir Topham Hatt's Original Car

Sir Topham Hatt used this car to go to sheds when the engines were on strike.

This car was never seen moving and was always used as a set dressing.

Basis

It is loosely based on a LaGonda V12.

Livery

The car is painted blue all over, which was referred as "Hatt Blue".

Merchandise

  • ERTL (discontinued)

Gallery

The New Car

Sir Topham Hatt's car
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Around the time Sir Topham Hatt went to vacation with his family, he bought a new car. It once caused trouble when he drove it into a pothole, but he thinks it is very reliable and would not want to get to work in any other vehicle.

Basis

It is presented as a typical vehicle of the 1940's. It is a Rover P4 90.

Livery

The car is painted blue all over, which was referred as "Hatt Blue".

Trivia

  • Sir Topham Hatt's car used to be on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios.
    • This car is seen moving on-screen for the first time in Cranky Bugs. This allowed it to play roles in later episodes, such as Lady Hatt's Birthday Party, while the previous one was only used as a background element.
  • Its Wooden Railway, Take-Along, and Take-n-Play toys are convertibles to have Sir Topham Hatt inside the car.
  • In the Thomas and Percy and the DragonThomas and Percy and the Dragon book, Sir Topham Hatt's car is based on a Ford Model T.
  • The rear end of the car sort of resembles a Chevrolet Fleetline Sportmaster.

Merchandise

Gallery

Road vehicles
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