Original Batmobile in Auction
Growing up as a kid in the 60's, it was the coolest car ever. I am referring to THE Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV series. Did you know there was a real Batmobile way before the TV Show. You can own it too. Check out these wheels.
This car is the real-life Batmobile, built from scratch years before the TV show debuted and officially sanctioned as a legitimate Batmobile — and soon-to-be up for auction to the highest bidder.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR.COM), the car was designed by Forrest Robinson in 1960 using design elements of multiple comic book Batmobile from the 1940s and ‘50s — most notably the single rear fin and “Bat-nose” front end — and built over the next three years by Robinson and Len Perham, a friend.
The car — which was originally painted silver and used by Robinson as his regular vehicle.
In 1966, when a local company (and official DC Comics licensee at the time) leased the car, repainted it in a color scheme matching the show’s Batmobile — itself a repainted Lincoln concept car — and toured it as “Batman’s Batmobile” across the U.S. The rest is history as the saying goes.
Holy Treasure Batman. It lay undiscovered in a field until 2008 and ended up in the hands of a company called Toy Car Exchange, which restored it back to its original condition before placing it up for auction via Heritage Auctions.
For those who love the idea of having this particular piece of pop culture history in your garage, start saving now: the starting bid is $90,000 and bidding is open online until the night before Heritage’s floor session, which takes place Dec. 6.
Robin, get my check book.