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The original 1966 Batmobile goes up for sale, again! A television icon that started life as a Lincoln In 1955, the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company designed and built a futuristic concept car appropriately named the Lincoln Futura.  It was built by hand in Turin, Italy at the famed Ghia Coachworks at a cost of $250,000.00 which was a huge sum of money at that time.  Like many concept cars, it was never put into production.  Unlike many concept cars of the day, it avoided the crusher and in the mid 1960’s was sold to George Barris of Barris Kustom City for $1.00. In August of 1965, producers of the Batman television series approached George Barris to have him build a new car (Batmobile) for their upcoming show.  However, they only gave George three weeks in which to build the car.  Fortunately, Mr. Barris had the answer sitting in his collection.  The bat like qualities of the Lincoln Futura was the perfect platform for the new car. After some body modifications, the Batmobile was completed in October of 1965 and delivered to 20th Century Fox where it made its television debut on January 12, 1966. The car was such a huge success that the producers of Batman decided to have George Barris build copies of the Batmobile to be used for promotional purposes.  In late 1966, Mr. Barris and his crew pulled a fiberglass mold from Batmobile #1 and created 3 copies.  These replicas were displayed at car shows, dragstrips and anywhere else fans would see them. Almost 50 years later, the 1966 Batmobile is still one of the most iconic and popular cars in the world. The original 1966 Batmobile was sold by George Barris in January of 2013 at the Barrett- Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. For $4.62 million dollars, which was widely acknowledged as the world record selling price for a car specifically built for television or film.  Apparently the current owner feels now is a good time to cash-in on his investment. Currently for sale in Barrett-Jackson’s showroom, the Batmobile has an asking price which now sits at $5 million, although they are willing to entertain offers.
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Check out past stories on our archive page! Click on a photo to view larger image A brief timeline of Futura’s transformation to the Batmoble.  Note that prior to its transformation and television debuit, it appeared on the big screen in the movie “It Started with a Kiss”.
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