Don't you just love the BATMOBILE? Doesn't everybody? I'm talking
about the 1966 Television Batmobile, of course! There's just something
about its sleek contours which are appealing to the eye. As everybody and
their granny knows by now, the car was customised by GEORGE BARRIS
from a 1955 FORD LINCOLN FUTURA especially for the ADAM WEST,
BURT WARD TV show of the '60s, still fondly remembered to this day.
The original Futura was designed by BILL SCHMIDT and JOHN NAJJAR,
and completely hand-built by GHIA in Turin, Italy, costing $250,000 at the
time. That's a far cry from the $4.62 million dollars that Barris recently sold
the original car for, having retained ownership since purchasing it a few years
after it was first built. (For only a dollar, or so legend has it.) Prior to George
acquiring it, the vehicle had tasted celluloid fame in 1959, when it featured
prominently in the film IT STARTED WITH A KISS, starring DEBBIE
REYNOLDS and CLARK KENT's dad, GLENN FORD.
This is a 'snap together' version by POLAR LIGHTS from a year or
so ago, which usually hangs on my wall. The surprising thing is, despite
looking like die-cast metal, it's actually made of styrene plastic and is as
light as a feather. I was giving it a dust and decided to snap a few photos
and share them with you here. I doubt that you can buy a better model of
the car than this nine inch long one (unless it's the MATTEL ELITE
larger scale diecast version - of which I have two - but that one
doesn't have figures). Nice, eh? Generous to a fault, that's me.