Original 1966 Batmobile Heading to Auction

The iconic 1966 Batmobile is going up for auction. The legendary Hollywood car will be crossing the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Scottsdale, Ariz. on January 19, and it’ll likely drive car enthusiasts and hardcore Batman fans wild.

Created (and owned) by legendary customizer George Barris, the Batmobile is based on the Ghia-bodied 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Despite the afterburner poking out back, the Batmobile is powered by a 390 cu. in. (6.4-liters) Lincoln V-8 bolted to a B&M Hydro Automatic tranny.

The Batmobile may not have a jet engine, but it does sport some features that’d make James Bond jealous, like a nose-mounted aluminum cable cutter blade, Bat Ray projector, an anti-theft device, an Anti-Fire Activator and an automatic tire inflation device. Other Batman necessities include a Detect-a-Scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Remote Batcomputer, a Batphone, Bat Smoke, and a Bat Photoscope. Last but not least, the Batmobile features an Emergency Bat Turn Lever, which allows the Batmobile to do a quick 180-degree turn thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot parachutes.

Though the Batmobile may have been built by Barris on a $15,000 budget, it’ll likely command much more when it hits the Barrett-Jackson auction block on January 19. How much do you think the Batmobile will go for? Place your bets in the comments below.

Source: Barrett-Jackson

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