Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-BATMAN! (And yes, I had to count out multiple times the “na-na’s” to get that right, phew!)
With the world’s recent obsession over Batman due to the major success of Nolan’s films starring Christian Bale as the dark, caped crusader, it is fun to look back at a time when the Batmobile was a little less fancy and the series took itself a little less seriously.
Dedicated "Batman" fans will recognize this relic: the original car used as the Batmobile in the 1966-1968 “Batman” TV-series. This bubble-topped vestige shuttled Batman (played by Adam West) around Gotham as he battled the evils of a city down on its luck. The car is a 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car and it is set to be auctioned off on January 19th in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Customizer George Barris bought the famous car for his own personal collection in 1965 a measly $1 from the Ford Motor Co. According to several reports, it was described as a "rolling laboratory" from which Ford would learn about new technology to apply to their production automobiles.
Later that year, Barris was approached by the upcoming TV series and asked to turn his stylish car into the famous Batmobile. He was given a time frame of 15 days and $15,000 to spruce it up. Among the list of additions made, Barris added the Batphone, Bat Ray Projector, the nose-mounted Cable Cutter Blade and even twin parachutes which could shoot out so Batman could make those daring 180-degree turns.
The one of a kind car is expected to bring in seven figures when it goes up for auction, alongside Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe.