Sunday, January 20, 2013

4.2 Million USD Batman Mobile Sold

On Jan 19th, 2013, a Batmobile was sold for almost 4.2 million USD at a Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

If you don't know, this Batmobile originally appeared in the Batman TV series back then, from 1966 to 1968. This model is the mother of all Batmobile because it was the first bat appear on film.

This car is great for any serious collector all around the world. It is still in awesome condition after those years. The awesome design makes this Bat an one of a kind treasure for collectors. After taxes, the car cost about 4.65 million US dollars, almost 3 times more expensive than the Bugatti Vernon (fastest car in the world).

Designed and manufactured by engineer George Barris right after the ABC announcement of the movie in 1965, this Bat has given the film a new look and attracted viewers for its unique and mystic features. The whole body resemblances the black bat, the back end has features similar to a bat wing as well.

The car was made from the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car body which was bought for merely 1 dollar at that time. Barris design and work on this fast. Only after 15 days of hard work, the first Batmobile in history was born. The estimated cost for this Bat is about 15,000 dollars. As an appreciation for George good work, after the film was finished, the Batmobile stayed with him ever since.

The convertible roof was designed with high-tech features such as "bat-laser" machine, radar, and a computerized control system. If you've seen the original film, there are also many cool features such as laser gun, inflatable tires. However, these features only available for the real Batman in the movie.

The car was sold to a new buyer also from Arizona, Rick Champagne, a successful 56 years old general manager of a service company. Now, he definitely has a new place to celebrate his "Champagne" successful business.

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