Holy Cha-Ching, Batman! Original 1966 Batmobile Sells for $4.2 Million at Barrett-Jackson

1966 Batmobile Exterior
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Car collector Rick Champagne has every right pop open a bottle of his last name after becoming only the second owner of one of Hollywood’s most iconic cars. He had to sweat out a feverish bidding war for the George Barris’ original 1966 Batmobile, the same one used in the Adam West Batman TV series. In the end, however, his checkbook did all the talking to the tune of $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The winning bid price might seem steep, but given the kind of car the ’66 Batmobile is, we presume that it was worth every last penny from Champagne’s bank account.

With the classic movie car now belonging to him, Champagne only becomes the second owner of the Batmobile after Barris, the same man who famously built the Batmobile in only 15 days in time for it to be used in the Batman TV series. On top of the car itself, Champagne also went home with number of memorabilia and documentation from Barris’ own personal collection.

Not a bad haul for Mr. Champagne!


Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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  (422) posted on 01.29.2013

Seriously?His name is Champagne?Or is it just a nickname, ha haah!

  (305) posted on 01.29.2013

Congratulations, mister!Your nephews must be really proud of you, and happy, to test this jewel!

  (312) posted on 01.29.2013

Woah, I never thought someone could ever afford this beauty.I’ve seen it in the movie, but having a real owner, never imagined!

  (302) posted on 01.29.2013

I love the spoilers and those wheels!This is such a futuristic design!

  (305) posted on 01.29.2013

Jesus Christ!Did this old man gave that enormous sum for this car?What is he going to do with it?

  (422) posted on 01.29.2013

So, from now on, this old guy should be considered the real Batman?smiley)

  (452) posted on 01.21.2013

Does anybody know, the components of this car from what materials are made?And how powerful is its engine?

  (516) posted on 01.21.2013

I couldn’t say that in Arizona they would sell such a marvelous piece.It’s great for it’s story, and not for the car itself..

  (475) posted on 01.21.2013

I would like to see some more pictures of it!

  (509) posted on 01.21.2013

Is this car like...drivable?
As far as I can see, its quite aerodynamic, but something tells me is too little functional..

  (475) posted on 01.21.2013

Lucky man, to have this car!But I cannot stop wondering what is he going to do with it..

  (452) posted on 01.21.2013

This is clearly a piece of a car that must be stored in a special, own garage.Nobody should touch it!!

  (542) posted on 01.21.2013

Mr Champagne can go now and take some acting lessons, and re-make the ’66 s best movie smiley

  (516) posted on 01.21.2013

Woow, that’s a high price for an old car.Although it looks magnificent, considering it’s history and the years behind it, 4.2 mil. is a hell of a price..

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