The original 1966 Batmobile is headed to auction in Scottsdale, AZ on January 19, and we hopped down to Barris Kustoms in North Hollywood before the car left for good. George Barris has owned this particular car since 1965 when he bought it from Ford for the princely sum of $1. While it started life as the expensive and Italian-built 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept, the car would go on to worldwide fame after a hasty makeover from Barris. Over just three days, the custom car builder sank his teeth into the hand-hammered sheetmetal to create Batman's first Batmobile.

Up close, the car can't help but look cartoonish thanks to its over-the-top '60s design, but that doesn't diminish the car's presence. This is the car Adam West spent two years piloting around Gotham and matching wits with the city's cast of deviants. Very cool. We'll keep you posted on how the car performs when it rolls across the stage at Barret-Jackson Scottsdale next month.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG, the Hyundai Velosturd turbo totally stole that front!
      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      OOOHH, everytime I see this car that ol batman tv show theme song starts playing in my head., lol.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone remember that Green Hornet's "performance" car was a ponderous Chrysler Imperial? It even had some sort of cathode ray tube panel which could track a bad guy's car. And does anyone remember the ? chauffeur (hint, famous martial arts guy).
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Just watched a rerun of Green Hornet and I felt bad for Bruce Lee as Black Beauty was floundering all over the place. :)
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        Happy Camper
        • 2 Years Ago
        Stop being a hater, save your time commenting and reading this site and go else where. Autoblog kicks ass.
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      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if I wanted it and had the money, I wouldn't buy it. I can't support George Barris. Just ask Dean Jeffries if you want to know what I mean. :P
      Christopher Wootten
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Batunes radio is not a Wayne Enterprises OEM or Alfred Upgrade unit. Looks aftermarket with a cassette deck. That wasn't available until the late 60's. Might have a bid impact to a serious bat-thusiast.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      But does the "Slicer" still work?
      Spiel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmmmmm, orange peel orgy.