1960s Batmobile back up for sale through Barret-Jackson

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Retro Ray

2015-07-20 09:29:51

Car collectors now have the opportunity to get their hands on perhaps the most famous vehicle in television history – the original 1960s Batmobile.

It was first sold in 2013, during a Barrett-Jackson auction, for a then-record price of $4.62 million. The winning bidder was Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona, who claimed he wanted to knock down a wall and put the car in his living room.

Now, two years later, the car is up for sale again with Barrett-Jackson – this time through their showroom for private sales in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"Many high-end collectable cars are so rare most people have never seen them before, and therefore can't really appreciate the history behind their value and beauty," said Roger C. Johnson from the Barrett-Jackson Collection showroom. "However, possibly the most desirable and collectable car of all is one that every man, woman or child in the free world can easily identify without the slightest hesitation. The original Batmobile will always be one of those cars."

The car is based on a unique concept car, the Lincoln Futura, which cost an estimated $250,000 to build back in 1955. However, the design never took off and the original car was found years later rusting in a Ford parking lot by legendary car customizer Chuck Barris.

He paid just $1 dollar for the car, then spent a further $15,000 turning it into the perfect ride for Adam West and Burt Ward in the hit TV series.  

"The Batmobile is much more than a flashy mode of transportation for crime-fighting superheroes," added Johnson. "Some of the most intriguing elements of this machine are its fantastic gadgets just the things every crime-crusher needs. They are proof positive that a fiction writer's imagination knows no technological bounds."

Anyone interested in buying the Batmobile for themselves will need deep pockets, however, as it's currently valued at $5 million.

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