The Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series was certainly the perfect iconic vehicle for the Dynamic Duo to cruise in while protecting the good citizens of Gotham City. The Batmobile vehicle was designed and built by George Barris, in fact due to time constraints put upon him by the showrunners he used the Lincoln Futura – a concept car – that he picked up in the mid-1950s. After hiring Gene Cushenberry to modify the original vehicle – after three weeks time it was ready to go in front of the cameras for the soon to be a megahit for the ABC network.
It wasn’t just the Batman TV series that garnered fame but George Barris as well. Soon he was asked to provide another memorable car for television, this time with The Munsters Drag-U-La and their touring vehicle with the Munster Coach among many others for various series and even celebrities like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Elton John to name just a very few.
George Barris owned the Batmobile for fourty-seven years when in January of 2013 he was present to oversee the auctioning of the Caped Crusaders trusty vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson car show in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the final hammer came down it had sold for a staggering 4.2 Million Dollars and thanks to The BatFan you can watch the entire event – I’m not sure what the vehicle is that we first see in the video…it almost looks like a Bond car but I can’t place it.
George Barris passed away in November of 2015 but he most certainly left behind a lasting legacy of entertaining and memorable vehicles throughout numerous television and films. If you would like to know a bit more about Barris and the company he created to manufacture custom cars and replicas, hop on over to Barris Kustom Industries.