Holy moolah, Batman! Man who paid $1 for the original Batmobile sells it at auction $4.6M
- Legendary Hollywood car custom designer George Barris transformed a Lincoln Futura for the legendary film and TV series in 1966 and has owned it ever since
- He bought it from Ford in 1965 for a nominal $1, then spent 15 days and $15,000 transforming it into the Batmobile, driven by Adam West
The original Batmobile went under the hammer for the first time — 47 years after its designer built it from an old Lincoln Futura he bought for $1 — and has sold an eye-popping $4.6 million
Car customizer George Barris transformed the banger into the sleek black vehicle that starred in the legendary film and TV series in 1966.
Now the 87-year-old, who has owned it ever since, has sold the caped crusader’s company car – which he calls the ‘most valuable car in the world,’ at an Arizona auction house.
The ‘most valuable car in the world’: George Barris (pictured) auctioned off the original Batmobile 47 years after he built it from an old Lincoln Futura
The Batmobile was auctioned off by Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale and went Rick Champagne, a businessman and car collector from the Phoenix area, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The Batmobile ties the record for the highest price fetched for a movie car at auction.
In 2010, the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger set the record when it went 4.6 million. In 2011, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car auctioned for $805,000, shy of the $1 million it was expected to fetch.
The Batmobile started out as a 1955 Lincoln Futura which Barris bought from Ford in 1965 for a nominal $1.
He then spent 15 days and $15,000 transforming the concept car into the one-of-a-kind Batmobile to be driven by actor Adam West.