Holy Collectibles Batman!
One of the original Batmobiles from the Adam West Batman TV series sold on Saturday for $4.6 million dollars. The winning bidder is a car collector from Arizona who joked that he plans to tear down a wall in his home and display the car in his living room.
In 1965, 20th Century Fox Television and William Dozier’s Greenway Productions approached vehicle customizer George Barris to produce a Batmobile for the Tv series. Given only 15 days and $15,000 budget, Barris transformed a Lincoln Futura concept car in to one of the most iconic vehicles ever.
I don’t know what this auction Batmobile comes equipped with, but on the show the car featured 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.