Rare Batmobile 003 Collector Car
is Famous TV Show and P.R. Vehicle
Very few people may remember some of the classic old Batman episodes when they aired but I was lucky to watch them for years as a kid and to see one of the original 4 “batmobiles” from the 1960’s was really a treat. Here is some of the classic car info from the Symbolic Motors website at www.symbolicinternational.com
1966 Batmobile 003
In 1954 as did most manufacturers, Ford’s “high-end” premiere flagship-line, Lincoln designed a futuristic concept vehicle. It was called the Lincoln Futura and it was unlike anything ever seen before or since. As was a common practice for such concept vehicles, the work was sublet to a specialty coachbuilder. In the case of the Futura, the work was handled by Carrozzoria Ghia in Turin, Italy. Once completed, the cost for this single prototype was reported to be $250,000! This was a staggering sum for any vehicle and at today’s dollar values nearly incomprehensible.
This was purely a concept vehicle meant to garner attention and never intended to be put into production. The car was debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in January of 1955. The car appeared in a variety of television and print advertisements as well as numerous shows and other automotive venues. The excessively daring styling did not date well and by the mid-1960s was no longer wanted by Lincoln or Ford. It ended up with car customizing and fabrication “wizard” George Barris.
Comic Legend to Television Classic:
In 1965, Barris was commissioned by ABC Television to produce the “Batmobile” for their upcoming series. The Futurama showcar was his starting point and work was completed in just three weeks. “Batmobile 1” was an instant hit and remained so through every episode and follow-on movie.
Batmobiles 2, 3 & 4:
Promotional demand and interest in the Batmobile was so great that Barris was commissioned to complete three additional copies. Molds were pulled from Batmobile No. 1 and copies 2, 3 & 4 were all completed in short order in early November 1966. At the time of completion they were sold to ABC Television for $150,000 each!
All four original Batmobiles survive. Each has had long and lengthy show careers remaining in constant demand long after the show went off the air. No. 1 remains with Barris and has never been offered for sale. No. 2 and 4 are in private collections leaving just No 3 for purchase.
Come by and take a look at this amazing car at the Symbolic Motors showroom at 7440 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037 or call them at 858-454-1800.
You can also see more photos of this car (if it is still available) on the Symbolic Motors website at www.symbolicinternational.com
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