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Perhaps the best-known vehicle ever to come out of the fertile mind of George Barris, otherwise known as the King of the Kustomizers, was the Batmobile, as seen on television screens around the country in the late '60s. This is not the original Batmobile, which was based on Lincoln concept car called the Futura, but it's as close as you're ever likely to see. Plus, it's been signed by nearly the entire cast of characters from the original Batman series, including the caped crusader himself, Adam West. The car was driven on stage carrying Yvonne Craig, the actress who played Batgirl on TV, and she promised to take the winning bidder to dinner. Everything works, including the rear-mounted parachutes, flashing lights, Bat Phone and Bat Scanner (well, maybe not those last two). Value? Priceless... or exactly $165,000.00, depending on who you ask. See the official Barrett-Jackson description after the break.
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1966 Batmobile Re-Creation:
The Batmobile offered today is a beautiful re-creation of the 1966 Bat 1. This is the only 1966 Batmobile known in the world that was signed by the TV cast, Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). There have been more than 60 celebrities that have had their picture taken in this famous car. Each of the hand-crafted features were carefully researched for accuracy. This includes exacting body dimensions, working flashing lights, drag chutes, machined turbine, cockpit domes, switches and gadget buttons, and important Caped Crusader options like the Bat phone, Bat scanner, leather seats, etc. Built for function and performance, the chassis is a 1966 Chevy with a new 350 motor and transmission. It is by far the most recognizable celebrity car in the world today and still turns more heads and draws a larger crowd than any other car on the road today. A one-of-a-kind, cast-signed 1966 Batmobile re-creation.