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Pow! Batmobile Sells for $4.62 Million

Posted January 23, 2013 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Camp still has its fans, apparently. The original Batmobile, an icon of the 1960s TV show portrayal of Batman, sold Saturday night for an astounding $4.62 million.

Originally built by Ford in the mid-1950s as the Lincoln Futura concept car (on a prototype Continental Mark II chassis, no less), the Batmobile took on its current guise a decade later when Hollywood customizer George Barris bought the Futura from Ford for $1 and arranged to provide a car for Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming Batman television show. He then drew up a design, had Bill Cushenberry make a few alterations to the Futura body, removed the center section of the bubble canopy, painted it black with orange highlights, and added the various gadgets and gee-gaws that helped make the car famous. While it suffered plenty of wear and tear from its use through the entire run of the show, Barris held on to the Batmobile up until this weekend, rarely missing an opportunity to promote it or show it off over the last 45 years.

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01/23/2013 7:12 PM

Did Bruce Wayne bought it.

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01/23/2013 9:47 PM

I liked the original better...."It started with a Kiss"...

"It started its life in 1955, a one-off Lincoln Futura concept car. Designed by Ford's lead stylist Bill Schmidt who was inspired by manta rays and mako sharks he had seen while scuba diving, the Futura's body was built entirely at the Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy, in 1954 and affixed to an experimental Lincoln Mark II chassis made three years before the first Mark IIs were sold. "

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01/24/2013 5:12 AM

What passes as a heritage artefact and its perceived value never ceases to amaze...

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01/25/2013 1:01 AM

A couple months ago, I saw this car on the 405 freeway in North Hills. I had to do a double take, but it was either this one or a knock off. Looked pretty original to me!

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