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Original Batmobile sells for $4.62 million

By Elizabeth O'Laughlin,

The original Batmobile from the 1960s TV series sold for $4.62 million at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend.

The car itself is a modified 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, according to CNET. Its hefty selling price gave it the title of Barrett-Jackson’s highest-selling car at the annual auction.

Custom car designer George Barris originally bought the car and turned it into the Batmobile for the TV show, according to AutoWeek.

Modifications to the Futura included re-formed fins, a different grille, and gothic-inspired headlights that may be quite recognizable to superhero fans. These are examples of just several of the changes made to the car. The total build cost in 1966 was $15,000.

Rick Champagne, a car collector and businessman from Phoenix, placed the winning bid. Champagne said he’d grown up watching the series and was determined to walk away with the Batmobile.

When asked where he planned to keep the car, he joked with the Hollywood Reporter, “in the living room. I’m going to tear down my wall and put it in my livingroom."

 

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