The Real Original Batmobile for Sale

by Paul Strauss
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I always thought that George Barris’ custom Lincoln Futura was the first Batmobile. But it turns out that back in the early 1960s, there was a prior Batmobile, inspired by the car seen in the pages of the DC Comics series (though certainly not a dead ringer). And now, the one-of-a-kind car known as the 63 Batmobile is up for sale.

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Designed and built by Forrest Robinson and Len Perham, the 63 Batmobile is the earliest known officially-licensed Batmobile. The team started with the frame of a 1956 Olds 88 and a 324 Rocket V8 engine. The body was replaced with a curvaceous, custom shell with an open top a dramatic rear end with a huge central tailfin.

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When the car was initially built, it didn’t sport the iconic black and red Batmobile paintjob shown here – instead, the car was painted silver. As “Batmania” kicked in, they eventually painted the car in Batman colors.

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If you’re interested in owning this unusual piece of Batman memorabilia, the car is up for sale via Heritage Auctions, with an opening bid of $90,000 ($112,500 with buyer’s premium). The auction is set to close on December 6th.


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