The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction | Lot 192
1966 Batmobile Recreation
$175,000 - $225,000 USD
| Los Angeles, California
8 December 2018
- An exceptional recreation of the iconic Barris-design
- Built on a ’59 Lincoln chassis with an all-steel body
- The ultimate superhero toy for children and adults, alike
- Includes full array of Bat-gadgets and crime-fighting accessories
The Batmobile is arguably the most famous vehicle to appear on television. When ABC decided to produce the adventures of Batman, the task of creating the Batmobile was given to the famous custom car builder, George Barris. Barris was given only three weeks to produce the creation that would forever seal his name in the history books.
To promote the show, Batmobiles toured the country, making appearances at county fairs and race meets. There is no accurate count on how many Batmobiles were originally built; but this car is said to be the sixth example produced and built by Jay Orhrberg Hollywood Cars, one of the premier movie car creators. It is believed that this Batmobile was used to tour the U.S. highlighting the dangers of alcohol and drugs to children.
Subsequent to its promotional duties, the car continued to have an interesting history. It was sold from a private collector in Los Angeles during the 1980s to a collector in Germany. It was then purchased by a private museum in 1991. This world traveler resided in the Cars of the Stars collection, considered to be the one of the finest collections of film and television cars in the world.
Importantly, this Batmobile was built on a 1959 Lincoln chassis with a hand-built steel body (as opposed to fiberglass). It is finished in the classic Batmobile livery of black with red highlight lines and finished with Cragar wheels. The open cockpit is decorated with round windshields and the interior is tailored with black seats with orange piping, black carpet, a Bat-phone mounted to the dash, custom steering wheel, and Batman symbols on the doors. Powering this stunning Batmobile is a carbureted V-8 engine coupled with an automatic transmission.
Relive the golden age of television sci-fi crime fighting with a well-traveled Batmobile that provides as much excitement and style of the original George Barris interpretation.