George Barris is auctioning off the one and only original Batmobile. This is not a replica, it is the real thing. It has been owned by Barris since 1965, when he bought the car it is based off of, the Lincoln Futura Concept from 1955. How much did he pay for the it? One dollah.
Now the question comes to mind, “how did it turn into the Batmobile?” Well, he was approached to create the original Batmobile and was only given $15,000 and 15 days to create it. Did he do a good job? I would like to think so, considering it is one of the greatest movie cars ever created.
“The car features a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission. Gadgets include a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Detect-a-scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Automatic Tire Inflation Device, Remote Batcomputer, the Batphone, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, and many other Bat gadgets. If needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180° “bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot Deist parachutes.”
A Batphone and a Batscope? I’ll take this over any Lambo.
Expect this car to be on the block at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19 next year.