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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 grandma 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 Batmobile for, having retained ownership since purchasing the Futura 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 first 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' 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.