Thursday, November 29, 2012
If I Had a Million Dollars, I'd Buy a Batmobile
Atomic batteries to power...turbines to speed. My ultimate toy, the Batmobile, is going up for auction.
Batman and Robin's ride from the 1966 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is being sold on January 19. The 1955 Lincoln Futura that legendary custom car designer George pimped out is one of the most recognizable cars in the world.
Barris originally bought the famous two seater for $1 from Ford and spent $15,000 to turn it into the iconic Bat-vehicle.
Barris, who is 87, says, "I thought about it and decided it should be shared with people around the world, not sitting in my showroom in North Hollywood."
Barrett-Jackson, the Arizona auctionhouse, believes the car will go for millions, which is a little to rich for my blood, but I might just have to pick up a replica for the less expensive price of $150,000.
The original Barris version of the Batmobile comes with its original V-8 engine, hydro-automatic transmission and an array of bat-gadgets, which include the Bat Ray projector, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, and two rear-mounted parachutes.
What does everyone think about pooling together and buying this piece of TV history?
(Via Parallel Universe)
About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.