The latest interesting sale we’ve come across during these days is the auctioning of the original 1966 Batmobile – it has reportedly been auctioned at Barrett-Jackson for a mind-boggling $4.6 million US.
Also to have seen the auction was the first Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7, which has managed to grab an impressive $1.1 million US. Nevertheless, it pales in comparison with the more than 4 times higher amount paid for the Batmobile. The stunning car was purchased by Rick Champagne, famous car collector from Arizona, for $4.2 million, but the additional $420,000 taxes have set the final price of the car.
Of course, the designer and manufacturer of the Batmobile, George Barris, was present at the auction, which has taken place in Scottsdale, Arizona. The car was initially purchased by Mr. Barris from Ford for $1, later having been upgraded with $15,000 worth of parts and adjustments, a process that took around 15 days of intense work.
The Lincoln Futura concept was therefore transformed into the iconic Batmobile, which starred in the Batman TV cinematic series with Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.