Updated: Saturday, June 20, 2015
The #1 Batmobile sold for $4,200,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction on January 19, 2013
6/20/15- In January 2013, the #1 Batmobile sold at auction for $4.2 million plus fees. Two and a half years later it looks like Rick Champagne has put his Batmobile up for sale. It can be seen at the Barrett-Jackson Showroom in Scottsdale, AZ and more information can be found here.
2/16/15- Two "new" photos added of the Lincoln Futura from 1955
1/18/15- A photo from late 1966 of the #3 Batmobile at a show in Montreal, Canada. Photo courtesy of Luc Desautels.
1/1/15- Happy New Year! The Lincoln Futura/Batmobile turns 60 years old this year!!
12/5/14- A early photo of the Batmobile being built in October 1965. Photo courtesy of Kevin White.
11/23/14- The #3 Batmobile's interior has been restored. Exclusive pictures here.
10/18/14- The below three photos have never been seen before and are from October 1965. Pictured is Richard "Korky" Korkes working on the '55 Lincoln Futura concept car converting it into the Batmobile.
9/15/14- New from Polar Lights the 1/25 Batmobile plastic model kit with Batman & Robin figures.
8/17/14- Rare photo from 1965 of the Batmobile before it was completed. Also, a photo from 1966 of the "Batcar" (#1) at a local event.
7/6/14- New photo added to the Brush with the Batmobile page.
6/4/14- New photo of the #4 Batmobile added from 1971.
3/31/14- New Hot Wheels Elite 1:18 scale diecast Batmobile with Batman & Robin figures.
3/30/14- New 1:18 scale Lincoln Futura diecast car by Minichamps.
12/8/13- Some updates to the Tires & Rims page.
11/2/13- Dean Cain added to the Celebrities with the Batmobile page.
11/1/13- New diecast Batmobile from HeroClix.
10/20/13- 1960's Batmobile swooped into PowerBlockTV. Chris Woodside's replica was featured on PowerBlock--Spike TV- October 12th.
9/29/13- The new Mattel 1/6th scale Batmobile is available at retailers. It is 18" long and Batman & Robin figurers are sold available and separately.
9/7/13- Photo added to the Celebrities with the Batmobile page.
8/12/13- The #4 Batmobile is being restored to look like how it did in 1967, go here to learn more.
7/3/13- Vintage photo of the #4 car from 1967 with some beauty queens in Nevada.
6/15/13- Three new photos added to the Celebrities with the Batmobile page, courtesy of Jeff Breden.
5/23/13- The #1 Batmobile will be doing some charity work soon. Read about it here and here.
5/11/13- Three new photos added to the 1965 pre-production photo page.
5/8/13- 1975 photo of the #3 car at a show in Canada
4/9/13- New from Polar Lights 1/25 scale Batmobile 2 pack. Includes a snap & glue model kit.
3/14/13- Coming this Summer from Mezco the Mez-Itz Batmobile with Batman & Robin.
2/19/13- New vintage photo from 1966 courtesy of the George Barris collection
2/11/13- New for 2013 a "Wacky Wobbler" Batmobile by Funko
2/10/13- Coming in July 2013 from Mattel. It will be priced at $49.99 and an "Adam West" Batman 6" figure will be available for $15.99 as well.
1/28/13- Two new recent photos of the #4 Batmobile, courtesy of Doug Jackson.
1/21/13- Photos from the auction of the #1 Batmobile on January 19th are here. Also, added four pictures from 1967 of the #3 car, courtesy of Jeff Maxwell.
1/19/13- The #1 Batmobile sold at Barrett-Jackson auction today for $4.2 million dollars--Incredible!! I was at the auction and the Barris' were kind enough to allow me to be on the stage when it was being auctioned. I took lots of photos and have lots of updates coming soon. Check the 1966 Batmobile Facebook page for updates from yesterday.
Congratulations to its new owner, Rick Champagne, who lives in Arizona & George Barris and his family on the sale.
Watch the video of the bidding here.
12/9/12- The #1 Batmobile was treated to a new accurate pair of door bats.
11/29/12- Official Press Release went out today for the sale of the #1 Batmobile at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ on January 19, 2013. Interesting video here about the original Batmobile for sale.
11/16/12- George Barris has owned the original Lincoln Futura/#1 1966 TV Batmobile for over 50 years. This particular car was featured in all of the episodes of Batman that ran from 1966-1968. The Barris' have now decided to sell their most famous & prized possession to the highest bidder. This Batmobile is the most recognized and popular piece of entertainment history, worldwide. This is the first time that the original Batmobile has been up for sale. The sale includes memorabilia and documentation from George's personal archive. Lot #5037 will hit the auction block on January 19, 2013 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in AZ with a reserve.
11/4/12- All six Batmobiles are hitting the road and traveling across North America. Check the list to see if the Batmanís wheels are pulling into a town near you.
10/18/12- Update to the "Did you know..." page.
9/23/12- One of the earliest photos ever seen. A 1965 pic of the Batmobile before it was completed. With builder Richard "Korky" Korkes and his family.
9/7/12- A new 1:64th scale 2012 Halloween Batmobile available exclusively at Kroger's.
7/29/12- A new 1:64th scale Batmobile (repackage) is exclusively available at Walmart for 98 cents.
7/20/12- Vintage photo of the #1 Batmobile on the set.
7/11/12- Hot Toys announced they will be coming out with a 1/6 scale (about 30" long) 1966 Batmobile. More details here and here.
7/4/12- Hot Wheels 1:50th scale 3 pack with chrome '66 Batmobile, $25.00. Also, 1/18 scale remote control Batmobile by Hot Wheels, $40.00. Both available now at ToysRus.
6/24/12- Hot Wheels 1:50th scale '66 Batmobile, now available at Target. This is a repackage from two years ago.
6/19/12- New photo of actress Tia Barr added to the Celebrities with the Batmobile page.
4/18/12- Polar Light's 1/32nd scale Batmobile slot racing kit is now available.
3/31/12- All 5 Batmobile's were on the streets of Los Angeles for the filming of a documentary that will be on the upcoming DVD (bonus footage) of The Dark Knight Rises.
4/28/12- Check out the original Batmobile exhibition agreement from 1966.
4/6/12- Carla & Kim in 1967 with the #4 car at the Texas State Fair.
1967 photo of the #2 car with a model named Stephanie Rose.
3/8/12- A news article and memo about adding seat belts to the Batmobile, circa 1966.
Also, check out the new Bat-spinners the #1 now wears.
1/20/12- High quality image of the original 1966 Design Patent.
*Now available!- 1/25 snap together Batmobile kit. It comes with prepainted Batman & Robin figures and it's accurate to how the car looked in the sixties. The car body itself comes predecorated.
*Now available!- 1/25 glue together kit by Polar Lights. This is styled after the first season car. No figures but it includes all of the stuff under the hood and trunk of the Barris car. Ford big block engine. Decals for striping, etc.
*Now available!- Polar Lights' 1:32nd Batmobile models (reproduction of Aurora) are out in stores now. Below is the Collector's Edition tin box and the regular packaging too.
*Now available!- 1/25 Deluxe kit by Polar Lights with many optional and upgraded parts including photoetch pieces, tire options, umbrella to make the "Penguin Batmobile" and turbine engine or V8 engine option. Molded in white.
Auto World's Batmobile slot car race set is now available. The HO scale Batmobile is also sold separately and available in Black, White & Black Chrome.
In 2011, Hallmark Keepsake Ornament's had a 1966 Batmobile and it plays the Batman theme song too.
11/27/11- Three new 1960's actresses added to the Celebrities with the Batmobile page.
10/5/11- The #1 Batmobile now wears Radir rims!
9/23/10- A March 1955 press photo of the Lincoln Futura.
August 2010- NFL players Chad Ochocinco & Terrell Owens with a replica Batmobile.
6/29/10- Photo of the #1 fuzzed from the 1970's.
6/13/10- October 15, 1965 Batmobile problems.
5/18/10- Update to the Magazine article list
5/18/10- The latest Hot Wheels Batmobile news is here!
8/27/09- Original Ford Press Release about the Futura/Batmobile.
READ IT HERE!--PDF
8/12/09- Exclusive interview with Stan Thorwaldsen, the interior designer of the Lincoln Futura, courtesy of Mark Racop.
4/4/08- Exclusive interview with "Wild Bill" Shrewsberry. Bill drove the Batmobile in 1967 at various dragstrips around the country.
12/20/07- A replica Batmobile got in a "little" accident back in 2006. The good news it is now fully repaired--check it out!
2/24/07- New videos added of the Batmobile & the Futura
Looking for an officially licensed replica Batmobile? Go see the Fiberglass Freaks!
The Summer 2010 issue of Motor Trend Classic had a great 14 page article about George Barris' Batmobile. This website was mentioned too!!
April 14, 2010- Check-out issue #164 of the Simpsons Comic Book!!
On February 28th 2009, I planned a meet and greet with George Barris & the #1 Batmobile. 40+ people attended from through-out the U.S. & Canada. Some of our special guests included "Wild Bill" Shrewsberry, Richard "Korky" Korkes and even Erik Estrada. Go here for all the details!
February 2009, DC Direct has released a porcelain TV Batmobile that lights-up.
July 2008- The 1966 Batman Movie is now available on Blu-Ray DVD. Check out the Special Feature (that I worked on)--Batmobile Interactive Tour - A 360 Degree Navigational Tour.