There are cars that go to auction that are expected to fetch astronomical numbers because they have a certain pedigree, or they are one of just a handful remaining. There are cars that are popular because they were owned by a Hollywood icon. Then, there are cars that ARE the icon. The original Batmobile is one of those cars.
Starting life as the Lincoln Futura concept car, this chassis was turned into one of the most significant cars in pop culture history by the King of Kustom, George Barris. There were other prop cars built for the show and there have been hundreds of replicas built, but this car is the original. One might go so far as to suggest that Adam West would not have enjoyed such popularity as he did as the Batman without such a cool ride.
Still owned by Barris for all of these years, the Batmobile finally went to auction on Saturday night in Scottsdale, Arizona. Barris is all about the flash, so it made sense that the Batmobile would be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson on live television.
The video below shows the bidding action as the car crosses the Barret-Jackson auction block. Bidding began at $100,000 USD and quickly jumped in $100,000 chunks. Barris has said that selling the Batmobile would be like losing a family member. That sentiment was witnessed during the auction as Barris’s grandson, Jared, had to put on sunglasses to hide the tears that were streaming down his face. Think about it, this guy grew up with the REAL Batmobile as his playground!
I’m not sure where it came from, but the number $6 million was stuck in my head as the final figure, but when the gavel fell, Rick Champagne had bid $4.2 Million for the car. While some consider this an outrageous sum, it actually fell short of my expectations. Champagne and his wife say that there is a special spot for the car in their living room.
I guess you could say the original Batmobile is the world’s most expensive coffee table!
Columns Everything you need to know about purchasing, maintaining and driving your car.
Become a member
Register now to access all features including:
- Save and ask friends to review vehicles
- Exclusive rebates & offers from local dealers
- Premium content, reviews and tools
All for free!
Already a member?
Registration 2 of 2
Welcome to Wheels!
As a final step we've sent a confirmation to your email address as a security measure. Please click the link in the email to complete your registration.
Terms of services
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, TORONTO STAR IS PROVIDING THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES ON AN "AS IS" AND â€œAS AVAILABLEâ€ BASIS AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IN ANY CONNECTION WITH THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEB SITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. TORONTO STAR DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THEIR CONTENTS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL TORONTO STAR BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFIT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES), EVEN IF TORONTO STAR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. IN NO EVENT SHALL TORONTO STARâ€™S TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.X