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Christopher Bruce2013-01-21 13:37:52

Original 1966 Batmobile Brings $4.62 Million at Auction

Top seller at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in 2013

 
 
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This was the actual car for the show and not one of the replicas made

The original BatmobileFutura - Bat Mobile Lincoln Futura - Bat Mobile United States of America, 1966 > 19661 photo
from the television show that aired from 1966 to 1968 was the highest selling car at this year's Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction with an after-commission price of $4.62 million. This car was not a replica or secondary car but the original car created by George Barris for the television show. This was the first time ever that it had been up for sale. 

Barris was a well-known Southern California car customizer who created cars both for customers and for television and movie studios. In 1966, he was commissioned to create a car for the forthcoming Batman television series. Barris had purchased the 1955 Lincoln FuturaFuturaLincoln FuturaUnited States of America, 1955 > 19552 photos
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years prior for $1.00 because the car was not road legal or able to be insured, and Ford saw no value in keeping it. He modified the Futura, and it was used at the Batmobile for the television show. 

The car was sold to Rick Champagne, the owner of an Arizona logistics company, and includes documents from Barris's archives that authenticate the car. The car is powered by a Ford 390 V8 (6.4 liters) with a three-speed automatic transmission. 

Source: ABC News

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