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Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog Car - Lotus Elite 1978

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, took part in a Reddit AMA today. When asked about his favorite moment with Jim Henson, he told a crazy story about how Henson had a Kermit the Frog car that was stolen and used to rob a bank in England.

He had a Lotus Elite, a very fancy 4 passenger Lotus car made in England, and it was painted Kermit the Frog green. He selected that because it had hidden headlights, and when you turned on the eyes, the headlights popped up, they were round like Kermit’s eyes, and they had a black dot with a curved line going through it, just like Kermit’s! And it was the EXACT same color of the Kermit suit, the famous earlier one. And Jim liked to drive fast. That car had quite a history, even though it was only a day old! Jim went to pick it up and they said “We can’t give it to you, it’s just been stolen!”

Before Jim could pick it up!

And they used it to rob a bank.

And they caught the people within the hour, and he had the car given to him later that afternoon.

So we rode in that car, in London with him, and we were in the city, we were on city streets, we went between traffic lights we went 60 miles an hour, hahaha!

Caroll Spinney

Wow, can you imagine speeding around in that car with Jim Henson and Caroll Spinney? Must have been a blast!