Original 1966 Batmobile up for auction
Barrett-Jackson to sell the TV car at the Scottsdale auction in January.
“Holy one of one, Batman! They're selling your car at Barrett-Jackson!”
“The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history, and it has become a true icon that has been carried from generation to generation of Batmobiles,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.
The Futura concept was designed by the Lincoln Styling Department and was built by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy. The car was meant to be a rolling laboratory and included steering-wheel instruments, a push-button transmission, exterior microphones and a handful of other non-caped-crusader devices. After it appeared in It Started with a Kiss, Barris bought the car.
In 1965, 20th Century Fox and Greenway Productions tapped Barris to produce a Batmobile for the upcoming TV series. It only took Barris 15 days and $15,000 to transform the Futura.
The car houses a 390-cubic-inch V8 with a B&M hydro-automatic transmission. Gadgets—which we assume are disabled—include the nose-mounted cable-cutter blade, Bat Ray projector, Batscope, police band cut-in switch and many more.
“There are only a few things in life that are able to capture the soul of an era, and the Batmobile by George Barris did exactly that,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson.
-- Jake Lingeman
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