Batmobile sold for $233.000
The Batmobile from the 1960s television series "Batman" was sold at auction at a price of $233.000. The car was the sixth of an unspecified number built for the 120-episode ABC series based on the DC Comics hero, according to Coys auctioneers in London. Four or five bidders helped drive its price more than 50 percent above the upper estimate, said Chris Routledge, an auctioneer at Coys.
The first Batmobile was built by George Barris on three weeks’ notice after ABC decided in 1965 to serialize Batman, according to the Coys catalog. The television series ran from 1966 to 1968. Barris, described by Coys as "the greatest custom car builder of all time,’’ modified a Ford Motor Co. Lincoln Futura car for the original.
Because of the needs of filming and promotional tours, a number of copies were made, Godin said. While four were made of fiberglass, the model for sale yesterday is made from steel and is a functioning car with a Ford V8 engine, he said. It was built by Jay Ohrberg, a colleague of Barris and builder of KITT, the car in the "Knight Rider’’ TV series, he said.
The original Batmobile, which Godin said is valued at more than $1 million, is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.