Replica Batmobile Sells for a Staggering $233,000

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Batmobile at Auction

Replica Batmobile Sells for a Staggering $233,000
Ted Caulfield

Batmobile Auction

On February 27, 2007 one lucky Batman fan made their childhood dream come true as they drove away with an original Batmobile from the Batman television series of the 1960’s. The car was put up for auction by Coys of Kensington in London. The winning bid reached a staggering $233,000, which was more than half of what the iconic automobile would sell for. The seller was not publicly identified, but the winning bid was from a private collector in the Cayman Islands. “It’s a fantastically iconic piece of machinery”, said Chris Routledge, Chief Auctioneer at Coys of Kensington. Although the television show used multiple cars during its 120 episode run on ABC, this Batmobile was the sixth car built and used for the series.

Multiple Batmobiles were built for touring and promotional reasons. The first Batmobile built and used in the television series is said to be worth more than $1 million, and is currently on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles California.

Batmobile AuctionCustom car builder George Barris was approached by television network giant ABC in 1965 about the Batmobile project. ABC needed the vehicle completed in just three months. The car itself is 20 feet long and was built using the chassis of a non-functioning concept car, the Lincoln Futura, and boasted a 390 Ford V8 engine. Barris purchased the Lincoln Futura for only one dollar. The cost of the conversion of the Lincoln Futura was more than $30,000. By 1966 the car was said to be valued at $125,000.

The Batman television series debuted in 1966 and ran until 1968. Barris is known to be one of the greatest custom car builders of all time. Barris was once ticketed by police while driving the Batmobile.