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Barris Batmobile sets world record

The original George Barris 'Batmobile' has sold for $ 4,620,000 ‚Äď a world record for a TV/Movie car.

Barris Batmobile sets world record

Barrett-Jackson has sold the George Barris original Batmobile – the custom car legend’s most famous creation – for a world record $ 4,620,000 at its Scottsdale Arizona sale. The unique vehicle was offered as part of the Salon Collection on January 19, 2013.

Barrett-Jackson announced the news after verifying the records. The Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 which sold for $ 4,608,500 in 2010 was the previous record holder. The original Batmobile started its life as the one and only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, which was designed and built by legendary customizer George Barris to become the original 1966 Batmobile in the Batman series, as well as the movie adaptation, starring Adam West.

‘The 1966 Batmobile is a true piece of Americana and fans around the world were curious to see what it would sell for,’ said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. ‘We are so proud of the record it set, but more importantly, we couldn’t be happier to help find a new home for such a significant and legendary piece of TV and movie history in front of a record crowd for a Saturday auction and the SPEED TV audience.’

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It's worth noting that the design changes that made the Futura into the Batmobile were the work of Herb Grasse, a native of North Syracuse, NY, when he was working at Barris Customs. Grasse later went on to design the Bricklin SV-1 and was design chief at Ford Australia for several years. He's now retired in Arizona, and is regularly seen at Bricklin club gatherings, where he's accorded the same reverence Carroll Shelby received at Cobra meets.

By Shoprat on 14 March, 2013, 7:19pm

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