A couple of months ago, we reported that one of the original Batmobiles from the Adam West Batman TV series would be going up for auction. THR is reporting that the vehicle was sold on Saturday for $4.6 million dollars. The winning bidder, a businessman and car collector from Arizona, jokingly said he plans to tear down a wall in his home and display the car in his living room. The price for the vehicle is said to match that of the Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger.
In late 1965, 20th Century Fox Television and William Dozier’s Greenway Productions contacted vehicle customzier George Barris and asked him to produce a Batmobile for the upcoming TV series. With only 15 days and $15,000 budget to build a Batmobile, Barris decided to transform the Lincoln Futura concept car into what is now widely recognized as the original and iconic crime-fighting vehicle.
The car features a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission. Gadgets include a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Detect-a-scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Automatic Tire Inflation Device, Remote Batcomputer, the Batphone, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, and many other Bat gadgets. If needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180° “bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot Deist parachutes.