Holy samolies, Batfans! After sitting in private hands for over 45 years, the original Batmobile from the iconic and campy 1960s TV show sold at auction last Saturday. The Batmobile’s creator, George Barris, has kept it in his private collection all along, but at 87 years of age he felt it was time to pass the baton to someone that would cherish it as well.
The original Batmobile was based on a concept platform of a car called the Futura which was developed in Italy for the Ford Motor Company. After all of the customizations, the car cost a whopping $250,000 (the equivalent of about US$2 million today). With fees, the private collector from Phoenix Arizona paid US$4.6 million. It’s still a functional car so it would be interesting to see how it would perform today in a race with one of the Tumblers. We doubt that will happen, but it would be cool.
In case you missed our original post from last year, here are pictures of the Batmobiles from the Warner Bros. Extra Stage event at San Diego last July. All of the Batmobiles were on display including the 1966 Number 1.