Batmobile from ‘60s TV series goes for $4.2 million at auction

By Daniel S Levine,

The Batmobile used by Adam West and Burt Ward during the hit 1960s Batman series went up for auction this weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona. While it didn’t reach the lofty $5 million Barrett-Jackson hoped for, it did sell for $4.2 million.

The car was sold during Barrett-Jackson’s annual collectible car show, which also included other pieces of Hollywood memorabilia, like Dukes of Hazzard’s “General Lee” stunt car.

Rick Champagne of Phoenix came away with the car. The logistics company owner was a big Batman fan as a kid and made it his goal to win that car. “Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true,” he told Reuters.

The car was based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura. George Barris, who bought the car for $1 in 1965, customized it for the show and kept it even after it went off the air in 1968.

“With every pow, bang, wow, wee, I wanted the car to do something just like the actors,” Barris told Reuters about the car. “The car had to be a star on its own. And it became one.”

As the Associated Press notes, in the show, the car featured a Batphone, lasers and a smokescreen to help the Caped Crusader solve crime in Gotham City. Obviously, this was not your Christopher Nolan-style Batmobile Tumbler.



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