Original 1966 Batmobile was sold for an amazing $4,620,000 on January 19th at Barrett-Jackson auction. The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history, which was based on a 1955 concept vehicle called the Lincoln Futura. Highest bidder was Rick Champagne, a businessman and car collector from the Phoenix area who offered most of the money for this iconic car. His dream come true, and now he has a toy which he wanted since childhood.
The Batmobile is the automobile of DC Comics superhero Batman. Kept in the Batcave, which it accesses through a hidden entrance, the Batmobile is a gadget-laden vehicle used by Batman in his crime-fighting activities.
Batman first drove the Batmobile in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939). A sedan, the vehicle was simply referred to as “his car”. The car has evolved along with the character from comic books to television and films. It soon began featuring an increasingly prominent bat motif, typically including distinctive wing-shaped tailfins. In the early stages of Batman’s career, he modified it with armor and technologically advanced automotive customization and turned the Batmobile into a sleek street machine.
The Batmobile has gone through numerous incarnations, and as state-of-the-art technology has continued to advance, the vehicle has had to change to stay a step ahead of real-life cutting edge advances.