The original Batmobile is going on sale for the first time

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Before the 1966 Batman TV series first aired, auto customizer George Barris purchased a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car from the Ford Motor Company for $1, a car he would transform into the iconic Batmobile. Since then, the car has never been sold, remaining an unobtainable piece of pop culture memorabilia. This January, however, the Batmobile will go on the auction block, meaning one lucky soul will own this bit of Bat-history.

The TV Batmobile will be auctioned off during the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on January 19th. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the car comes with any of the wonderful toys Adam West and Burt Ward deployed during their Gotham City adventures—at least not in working order. No Bat Ray, Batputer, or Bat-tering Ram? Still, it's cool enough to warrant building a Batcave just to house the thing. In fact, Batcaves should be a prerequisite for Batmobile ownership.

While this is the original, drove-Adam-West's-butt-around TV Batmobile, it's not the only version of the car Barris built. He built three additional Batmobiles: two for the exhibition circuit and one for exhibition drag racing, which are owned by private individuals. If you must have the original, though, you'll have to hightail it to Arizona after the New Year.


Barrett-Jackson Lot: 5037 - 0 #1 BATMOBILE [Barrett-Jackson via Nerdcore]

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It should also be a prerequisite, while on the road, that West's Batman theme song be playing at all times.

If doesn't come built in with the audio, then use your mouth and go, "nananana-nananana-nanananananana-na...... BATMAAAAAA~AN!!!