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The original Batmobile is going to the auction block...

hot rods George Barris Batmobile

 

I just read an interesting news article about the original Batmobile. Apparently, George Barris has always owned it, and it will be auctioned in January by the Barret/Jackson house. This is the car that was used in the show from 1966-68, built by Barris. The article said it's difficult to assess the value of this car since it's the original. Apparently it was the 'only' one, and custom cars such as this are extremely rare to go to auction, so there isn't anything to compare it to for a price.  The car was the original 1955 Lincoln Futura and converted into the Batmobile.

Here are a couple of links that allow you to understand the full story of the Batmobile.

I think everybody knows about this great site:

http://www.1966batmobile.com/

Here is the Futura through the years including some nice ones in the middle of the page of it at Barris Kustom before being turned into the Batmobile:

http://www.1966batmobile.com/background2.htm

Also a bunch of stuff on the other Batmobiles:

http://www.1966batmobile.com/replica.htm

Here is the Barrett/Jackson press release:

http://news.barrett-jackson.com/pow-bam-zoom-the-original-1966-tv-batmobile-owned-by-george-barris-to-cross-auction-block-at-barrett-jackson-scottsdale/

Look for the auction on January 19th sometime between 5 and 9 p.m.!

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Carolyn Ann December 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
There is either more than one, or Mr Barris is exaggerating. The late Scott Chinery, who lived in Toms River, (NJ) was quite proud of his acquisition, & frequently put it on display for charitable events, which is how my husband & I saw the Batmobile, & the Batcycle. I offer a couple more links: http://www.javelinamx.com/batmobile/batcar5.htm http://www.javelinamx.com/batmobile/chinery1.htm http://www.batmobilehistory.com/barris-batmobile.php http://celebritymemorials.com/index.php/other/447-scott-chinery
RJH January 22, 2013 at 04:40 AM
There was more than one.... Scott owned Batmobile #5, and it wasn't built by Barris. However, Barris eventually got it and then sold it to Bob Butts, who then restored it and sold it to Scott's wife, who gave it to him as a birthday present.

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