Original 1966 TV Batmobile Goes Under The Hammer
Car lovers have a soft spot for Batmobiles, regardless of age and type. Now those badly in love with this phenomenon have a chance to own one of the greatest Batmobiles of all time, the Original 1966 car that starred in the live action TV series Batman, as well as the movie adaptation, as it goes under the Hammer at Barret Jackson Auction on January 19th, 2013.
Built in jut 15 days by well-known car customizer and the current owner George Barris, this Batmobile is based on a Lincoln Futura Concept bought from Ford. Originally, the car was hand-built in 1954 by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy,George reportedly had only 15 days and 15 grand to get the car ready for shoot, as the previous contractor failed to fulfill the mission and bailed on the producers.
Some of the features of this amazing car incldue instruments housed in the steering wheel, as well as a push-button transmission, exterior microphones to pick up and transmit the sounds of traffic. Technically, it has a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission.
“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 to follow,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This vehicle not only marks the significant Bat logo that sits on the middle of its door, but a time in television history where they defied the odds of making a car the real star of the show. It revolutionized an entire industry that followed in its footsteps and we couldn’t be prouder to have it cross our block in Scottsdale as it goes up for sale for the very first time.”