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 1960s, 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 re-
tained 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 prominent-
ly in the film IT STARTED WITH A KISS, starring DEBBIE
REYNOLDS and CLARK KENT's dad, GLENN FORD.
This is a 'snap together' kit 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 plastic and is
as light as a feather. I was dusting it and decided to snap a few photos
and share them with you here. I doubt 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 I am.