The original 1966 Batmobile is heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January.
It will mark the first time the legendary television star car will be sold, seen in the live-action TV series Batman, as well as the movie adaptation that starred Adam West. The car will hit the auction block on January 19th and will finally leave Barris’ possession since he bought it from Ford back in 1965.
The original Batmobile was built on an original, one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car that featured a 19-foot long, two-seater, bubbled-topped grand touring body. The entire vehicle was hand-built by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy back in 1954 and was originally unveiled at the 1955 Chicago Auto Show. It wasn’t until late 1965 that Barris was contacted to produce a Batmobile for the upcoming TV series – which is the original and most iconic one you see here.
The Batmobile is powered by a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V8 engine mated to a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission.
“There are only a few things in life that are able to capture the soul of an era and the Batmobile by George Barris did exactly that,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “There are the real fans that will strongly advocate, till this day, that coming home to watch the Batmobile soar out of the Batcave defines a lot of their first childhood memories. Whether you’re a car collector, entertainment enthusiast, or an average Joe looking to buy his dream car, you’re going to want to witness history being made in January with the sale of this car.”