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Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the almost-as-cool-as-the-pt-cruiser dept.

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Zothecula writes "In the past few years, not only has the Corvette-like Batmobile from Batman Returns been put up for auction, but a jet-powered replica of that same style of Batmobile has also been created. A drivable copy of the Dark Knight-era Tumbler has likewise been built, along with a working replica of the associated Bat Pod motorcycle. For many people, however, the only 'true' Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series – and it's about to be put on the auction block, for the first time ever."

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51 comments

Nice Looking Car (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42191859)

That orange trim really screams "THE YEAR IS 1968. THE YEAR IS 1968. THE YEAR IS 1968." Which, to be fair, was still the future in 1966.

For many people, however, the only 'true' Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series

Well if you want to get all LATFH about it, the first vehicle labeled "Batmobile" was a red sedan in Detective Comics #27 released in May of 1939 [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Nice Looking Car (2)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year and a half ago | (#42191937)

For many people, however, the only 'true' Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series

Well if you want to get all LATFH about it, the first vehicle labeled "Batmobile" was a red sedan in Detective Comics #27 released in May of 1939 [wikipedia.org] .

Fortunately Batman's taste has improved with time.

Re:Nice Looking Car (2, Informative)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192111)

Fortunately Batman's taste has improved with time.

no, he's become less green. the first ran on carbon neutral nuclear power

Re:Nice Looking Car (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42192375)

Fortunately Batman's taste has improved with time.

no, he's become less green. the first ran on carbon neutral nuclear power

For fuck's sake, lose the pretentious self-congratulatory ecosanctimony over a fantasy comic-book hero.

Re:Nice Looking Car (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42192891)

make me, cunt.

Re:Nice Looking Car (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42193475)

Mmmmm . . . carbon neutral nuclear waste. How green it is.

Re:Nice Looking Car (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42195095)

Presumably, in the science fiction world allowing for a nuclear-powered car, Batman was able to scavenge all the useful power out of his nuclear fuel, and not try to sequester tons of energy-laden nuclear "waste." Which is much closer to reality than a nuclear reactor in a car.

Re:Nice Looking Car (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42194175)

Uranium mining is not carbon neutral.

Re:Nice Looking Car (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42195773)

But it could be! ;-)

ridiculous meme (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year and a half ago | (#42215499)

the amount of fossil fuel to get uranium out of the ground is minute, essentially zero compared to the energy it produces. It's paying a penny to get a ten dollar bill. someone who can't do arithmetic brought up that point and ignoramuses have been aping it ever since.

Holy Heart Failures!!! (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192017)

....I'll take it!!

I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.

I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.

Re:Holy Heart Failures!!! (3, Interesting)

Ramley (1168049) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193845)

I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.

I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.

It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.

Re:Holy Heart Failures!!! (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about a year and a half ago | (#42194527)

It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.

Hell, I still have around somewhere my old (Corgi brand?) Batmobile and Batboat from what I was a kid. Cast metal, solid toys...I think the batmobile had the chain cutter that would flip out the front when you pushed a button, and little plastic rockets could fire out the back pipes behind the cockpit when you spun a little wheel on top of the car.

I also had the old James Bond car from Goldfinger they put out..THAT was cool...had a working ejector seat, pop out front machine guns, bullet proof metal plate behind the rear windshield...and little saw blades (plastic) could be pulled out of the wheels...

Do they still even make cool die cast metal toys like that anymore? Wonder if mine are worth anything....?

It was originally a concept car... (4, Informative)

hubang (692671) | about a year and a half ago | (#42191987)

It was originally a concept car called the Lincoln Futura (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Futura).

So it's like buying two amazing cars in one! A Ghia body worked over by George Barris.

Re:It was originally a concept car... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42195251)

You're quite right. My grandfather was one of the guys involved in remodeling the original batmobile into what it was down in California at Kustoms, Barris really didn't do much of any of the work on the car except to point out what needed to be done to what they wanted and some of the fine over bodywork. It was his business after all and there were more customers than he could handle in a day. Exceptionally short time table on it, I believe he said that they completed the project in just under 12 weeks.

My grandfather back before he died, always said this about the bodywork industry though back in those days. If you wanted to learn how to do it fast you went to Canada, if you wanted to learn how to do it right you went to the US. Then again, those were the days when the guys doing the body work were using asbestos every day, and lead as a patch filler.

Safety Bat (2)

carrier lost (222597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192085)

Cast aluminum dashboard [gizmag.com] cladding was well-known for its cushioning ability in the 1960's

Re:Safety Bat (3)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192231)

From that picture:
I love that in 1966, having a phone in a car was considering an amazing sci-fi gadget for only a superhero to have.

Re:Safety Bat (2)

carrier lost (222597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192445)

Yeah, and bright red reproductions of vintage french telephones just scream world-saving super-hero.

Or something.

Re:Safety Bat (4, Funny)

rwise2112 (648849) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192587)

Well, to be honest, the crumple zone was your face back then!

Re:Safety Bat (1)

carrier lost (222597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192889)

Your face is the crumple zone

I'm so using that. Thanks. :)

Re:Safety Bat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42195049)

Back then, sure. But if you drive one of those old beauties around today, all the modern cars are now your crumple zone.

Re:Safety Bat (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192837)

Almost all cars in the sixties had STEEL dashes, no seat belts (let alone air bags), drum brakes and no ABS, and no crumple zones.

Unsafe at any speed.

Re:Safety Bat (1)

carrier lost (222597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193053)

...STEEL dashes ... drum brakes...

The first car I owned (1962 Chevy half-ton) had those features and a non-collapsible steering column!

Re:Safety Bat (1)

aliquis (678370) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193359)

Meanwhile in Sweden:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_96 [wikipedia.org]
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_96 [wikipedia.org]

"1962: 95:ans fyrvÃxlade lÃ¥da erbjuds som extrautrustning pÃ¥ vissa marknader, dock inte i Sverige. I januari 1962 infÃrs bilbÃlten som standard."

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_95 [wikipedia.org]

"1962: Tillverkningen flyttas till TrollhÃttan. I januari 1962 infÃrs bilbÃlten som standard."

Re:Safety Bat (4, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193571)

Meanwhile on Slashdot:

2012: Unicode nowhere to be found.

I suppose I could just as well had written 2013..

Re:Safety Bat (2)

hondo77 (324058) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193543)

The Batmobile always [youtube.com] had seat belts.

Re:Safety Bat (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193595)

Almost all cars in the sixties had STEEL dashes, no seat belts (let alone air bags), drum brakes and no ABS, and no crumple zones

The car I grew up riding in as a kid was a '62 Chevy. It had lots of vinyl padding on the dash (I remember banging my nose on it as a kid) and seat belts for everyone (lap belts only).

Re:Safety Bat (1)

Mr. Droopy Drawers (215436) | about a year and a half ago | (#42195953)

Lap seat belts were optional on domestic cars from the early 50's through 1967. In 1968, they became mandatory. 1964 was the first year for required padded dashes. The big 3 offered them across the line much earlier though. Shoulder belts became required in 1971.

IIRC, Tucker released the first padded dash on a domestic car.

Re:Safety Bat (1)

Algae_94 (2017070) | about a year and a half ago | (#42196029)

Don't be a douche. "unsafe at any speed"? You think you'd die driving this thing at 15 MPH through the neighborhood? How about at a stand still of 0 MPH. That's a valid speed dude.

Re:Safety Bat (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year and a half ago | (#42203347)

Unsafe at any speed [wikipedia.org] was the title of a book by Ralph Nader in 1965 detailing resistance by car manufacturers to the introduction of safety features, like seat belts, and their general reluctance to spend money on improving safety.

Re:Safety Bat (1)

Peter Simpson (112887) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193113)

Never mind the lack of seat belts. Sad that the Ford Nucleon never became real.

Ideal buyer (3, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192281)

I really really hope Adam West is putting in a bid for this. After all, nobody messes with Adam We.

CEOs (-1, Offtopic)

fredprado (2569351) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192485)

The problem is that the CEOs who did the price fixing back them are most likely well and good in new positions in other companies and couldn't care less about the long term effect of their decisions back them. The fines should be applied at least in part to the CEOs responsible to adequately deter this kind of behavior.

Re:CEOs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42192571)

Might wanna repost that one story up ;)

Re:CEOs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42192609)

Psst, buddy, the CRT price-fixing article is thataway.

Seriously, you don't NEED to keep five thousand tabs open at once. This is what happens when you do. You get confused. Slow down and check what article you're on FIRST, THEN post. Hell, you didn't even get first post here.

Re:CEOs (1)

gparent (1242548) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192631)

Dear Lord, he used the bat mobile to send his post across a comment thread! Amazing!

Re:CEOs (-1, Offtopic)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192671)

Fred Pedo -- The Samsung executives were arrested (on other charges), convicted, pardoned, and reinstated at Samsung. Arresting and convicting them doesn't do any good because South Korea is a subsidiary of Samsung.

Original? Well, sort of. (4, Informative)

haggholm (1678078) | about a year and a half ago | (#42192593)

I’m not sure whether it counts as a Batmobile per se, but the first on-screen batman was not Adam West, but (AFAIK) Lewis Wilson, who drove this [blogspot.com] .

Re:Original? Well, sort of. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42193419)

Thank you!

Learned something today.

It's almost like discovering the really cool animation that was the Fleischer Studio's Superman cartoons.

Volo Auto Museum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42192839)

Is this the same car that's been sitting at the Volo Auto Museum for the past few years? Or is this a case where there were multiple versions, like the General Lee in Dukes of Hazzard?

http://www.volocars.com/attractions-hollywood.htm

They have the Batcycle as well. I still recall when the batcycle was put up for sale on Ebay many years ago.

Re:Volo Auto Museum (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42195855)

Given that they didn't do anything too too crazy with the Batmobile, I'd guess they only needed one. The General Lee on the other hand launched across 50 foot chasms regularly...cars don't hold up very long like that ;-)

Where is the bat-fuzz??? (3, Informative)

troyer (8249) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193189)

I've driven the Futura-based Batmobile, trust me, all the go-fast-drive-hard stuff in the TV series was eventually done with fiberglass replicars. Plus it's sad to see it painted now. Barris originally flocked the car with 'bat-fuzz'. A pain in the a$$ to clean, err, vacuum.

Re:Where is the bat-fuzz??? (2)

tj2 (54604) | about a year and a half ago | (#42195285)

I saw the "flocked" car in a parade when I was a kid, and actually got to touch it after the parade when they were getting ready to transport it to its next destination. I'm not sure who brought it out, but the guy told me that they had originally painted it black but the glossy finish made it very difficult to film correctly due to reflections, flashes, etc. Therefore, the whole car was covered with a sort of velvet material. Very cool,but I'm sure it was a pain to take care of, and I imagine it wouldn't have handled rain/snow/whatever very well. :-)

Re:Where is the bat-fuzz??? (1)

markana (152984) | about a year and a half ago | (#42197201)

When I saw it many years ago, it had the fuzzy finish. And a placard reading "Don't you dare touch this vehicle. Commissioner Gordon" ...

I touched it anyways, when the staff wasn't looking :-)

Famous quote (3, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#42193973)

Tricia Takanawa: Here comes Mayor Adam West himself. Mr. West, do you have any words for our viewers?
Mayor Adam West: Yes: box, toaster, aluminum, maple syrup- no I take that one back. I'm gonna hold on to that one.
Tricia Takanawa: Thank you, Mayor West.

Quibble with the article (1)

Mr. Droopy Drawers (215436) | about a year and a half ago | (#42195859)

Looks like they didn't do much proofing. It was Starsky and Hutch's Torino. And, it was Green Hornet's "Black Beauty" ('64-66 Imperial).

Both are great cars with many great replicas built!

Paging Paul Allen (1)

conspirator23 (207097) | about a year and a half ago | (#42198033)

I can totally see this winding up on the floor of the Experience Music Prject [empsfm.org] at some point in the near future. Paul Allen has an immense collection of nerd-friendly, one-of-a-kind memorabilia, even recently displaying such obscure gems as Mr. Pointy [seattlest.com] .

Way back when dinosaurs ruled the earth... (1)

Genda (560240) | about a year and a half ago | (#42198567)

Back before Universal Studios was a tourist trap (back in the mid 60s,) people (with friends at the studio) could come to visit and with proper escorts could even watch filming on sets... and yes, there were some in fact tours and thinks so visitors to do. For instance you could play with props from "Land of the Giants" it was kinda fun. But the coolest thing I did was sit in the batmobile. I know, it was more of 60s pimp-mobile, but in the mid 60s it was the coolest thing you were gonna do that didn't involve strapping on a Saturn V. So the fact its up for auction is a little nostalgic for those of us in our dotage.

"Holy rusted metal, Batman! (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42200899)

... The Joker has captured the Batmobile and is auctioning it off to civilians!"
"Don't worry Robin. According to Apple [slashdot.org] it's useless."

I NEVER SOLD THAT THING EVER (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42202803)

MOTHER FUCK YOU ALL.

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