Original 1966 Batmobile by George Barris Goes on Auction
Kept in a Batcave and accessed through hidden entrance; the seriously tricked out, gadget-laden super car used by the iconic superhero Batman in his crime-fighting activities, Batmobile has evolved along with the character from comic books to TV and films. We have over the times seen some of the outrageous Batmobiles including the world’s only turbine powered Batmobile, the BatLimo, the 1995 Batman Forever Batmobile, and the 2013 Arrinera supercar which looks like a Batmobile. Now, the original #1 1966 Batmobile created by renowned customizer George Barris, which is regarded as an icon, and one of the world’s most popular and recognized pieces of entertainment history, will be offered for grabs for the very first time by auctioneer Barret-Jackson at its 42nd annual Scottsdale auction scheduled to be held on 19th January 2013.
Also known as the only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, it was heavily modified by legendary auto-customizer George Barris to be featured in the iconic live action TV series Batman, along with the movie adaptation, starring Adam West.
Ever since Mr. Barris first bought it just for $1 from the Ford Motor Company back in 1965, this Batman ride has been the part of Georges’ personal collection, and is still in near mint condition.
Historically, Barris with just only 15 days and $15,000 budget to craft a gadget-laden Batmobile for the TV series actually transformed his Lincoln Futura concept car into an iconic crime-fighting vehicle, which in addition to being featured on TV has been exhibited at numerous car shows and museums.
Featuring a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission, this original #1 Batmobile comes loaded with Batman worthy gadgets, including a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, an advanced Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Batscope, a Bat Eye Switch, an Antenna Activator, a Bat Smoke, an Automatic Tire Inflation Device, a Batcomputer and Batphone, an Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, to name just a few.
And if needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180° “bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot Deist parachutes.