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Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever 51

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the almost-as-cool-as-the-pt-cruiser dept.
Zothecula writes "In the past few years, not only has the Corvette-like Batmobile from Batman Returns been put up for auction, but a jet-powered replica of that same style of Batmobile has also been created. A drivable copy of the Dark Knight-era Tumbler has likewise been built, along with a working replica of the associated Bat Pod motorcycle. For many people, however, the only 'true' Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series – and it's about to be put on the auction block, for the first time ever."
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Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

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  • That orange trim really screams "THE YEAR IS 1968. THE YEAR IS 1968. THE YEAR IS 1968." Which, to be fair, was still the future in 1966.

    For many people, however, the only 'true' Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series

    Well if you want to get all LATFH about it, the first vehicle labeled "Batmobile" was a red sedan in Detective Comics #27 released in May of 1939 [wikipedia.org].

    • For many people, however, the only 'true' Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series

      Well if you want to get all LATFH about it, the first vehicle labeled "Batmobile" was a red sedan in Detective Comics #27 released in May of 1939 [wikipedia.org].

      Fortunately Batman's taste has improved with time.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by rubycodez (864176)

        Fortunately Batman's taste has improved with time.

        no, he's become less green. the first ran on carbon neutral nuclear power

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Mmmmm . . . carbon neutral nuclear waste. How green it is.

    • ....I'll take it!!

      I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.

      I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Ramley (1168049)

        I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.

        I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.

        It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.

        • by cayenne8 (626475)

          It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.

          Hell, I still have around somewhere my old (Corgi brand?) Batmobile and Batboat from what I was a kid. Cast metal, solid toys...I think the batmobile had the chain cutter that would flip out the front when you pushed a button, and little plasti

  • by hubang (692671) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:26AM (#42191987)
    It was originally a concept car called the Lincoln Futura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Futura).

    So it's like buying two amazing cars in one! A Ghia body worked over by George Barris.
  • by carrier lost (222597) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:36AM (#42192085) Homepage

    Cast aluminum dashboard [gizmag.com] cladding was well-known for its cushioning ability in the 1960's

  • Ideal buyer (Score:4, Funny)

    by dkleinsc (563838) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:53AM (#42192281) Homepage

    I really really hope Adam West is putting in a bid for this. After all, nobody messes with Adam We.

  • by haggholm (1678078) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @12:23PM (#42192593)
    I’m not sure whether it counts as a Batmobile per se, but the first on-screen batman was not Adam West, but (AFAIK) Lewis Wilson, who drove this [blogspot.com].
  • by troyer (8249) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @01:13PM (#42193189)

    I've driven the Futura-based Batmobile, trust me, all the go-fast-drive-hard stuff in the TV series was eventually done with fiberglass replicars. Plus it's sad to see it painted now. Barris originally flocked the car with 'bat-fuzz'. A pain in the a$$ to clean, err, vacuum.

    • by tj2 (54604)

      I saw the "flocked" car in a parade when I was a kid, and actually got to touch it after the parade when they were getting ready to transport it to its next destination. I'm not sure who brought it out, but the guy told me that they had originally painted it black but the glossy finish made it very difficult to film correctly due to reflections, flashes, etc. Therefore, the whole car was covered with a sort of velvet material. Very cool,but I'm sure it was a pain to take care of, and I imagine it wouldn'

      • by markana (152984)

        When I saw it many years ago, it had the fuzzy finish. And a placard reading "Don't you dare touch this vehicle. Commissioner Gordon" ...

        I touched it anyways, when the staff wasn't looking :-)

  • by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @02:12PM (#42193973)

    Tricia Takanawa: Here comes Mayor Adam West himself. Mr. West, do you have any words for our viewers?
    Mayor Adam West: Yes: box, toaster, aluminum, maple syrup- no I take that one back. I'm gonna hold on to that one.
    Tricia Takanawa: Thank you, Mayor West.

  • Looks like they didn't do much proofing. It was Starsky and Hutch's Torino. And, it was Green Hornet's "Black Beauty" ('64-66 Imperial).

    Both are great cars with many great replicas built!

  • I can totally see this winding up on the floor of the Experience Music Prject [empsfm.org] at some point in the near future. Paul Allen has an immense collection of nerd-friendly, one-of-a-kind memorabilia, even recently displaying such obscure gems as Mr. Pointy [seattlest.com].
  • Back before Universal Studios was a tourist trap (back in the mid 60s,) people (with friends at the studio) could come to visit and with proper escorts could even watch filming on sets... and yes, there were some in fact tours and thinks so visitors to do. For instance you could play with props from "Land of the Giants" it was kinda fun. But the coolest thing I did was sit in the batmobile. I know, it was more of 60s pimp-mobile, but in the mid 60s it was the coolest thing you were gonna do that didn't invo

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