Door Bat Built by Year Built Engine Chassis Body Construction Weight Current Owner Last Known Sale Price

Jim Sermersheim 1966 V-8 1958 T-Bird Metal 5500lb Kathleen Chinery  $180,000 

 

In 1966, a Batmobile fan by the name of Jim Sermersheim set-out to build a working Batmobile replica.  Using minimal photos and the Batman TV show as a reference, he created his custom car from a '58 Ford Thunderbird.  He toured his car around the country (including Canada) for approximately two years before finally selling it.  Eventually George Barris would acquire it and the car would become part of Barris' Batmobile stable.

 The story continues years later...Barris left the "number 5" car in storage and after many years of deterioration he sold the car to Bob Butts for $25,000.  Butts' crew spent countless hours and $50,000+ restoring the car to better than new condition.  Bob would go on to sell the car to Mrs. Scott Chinery, who presented it to her husband for his birthday in 1989.  The sale was reported at $180,000, including the Butts built Batcycle. 

 

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In the 60's, the Batmobile went to St. Clair Shores, MI for a promotional viewing.  The mayor (Roy M. Geer--wearing a striped blazer) was asked to cut the ribbon for the opening when he was given the key to the Batmobile.  The car is pictured inside the custom trailer made to look like the Batcave by Promotions Inc.  These photos are believed to be from 1967.

Photos courtesy of John Tye

 

1969

In 1969

1960's

In the 60's

Rob Besett

Rob Besett around 1969

At Barris Kustom in North Hollywood

At Barris Kustom in the late seventies

Front end

Around 1985 before the Bob Butts restoration

Courtesy of Jim Hopkins

Around 1985 before the Bob Butts restoration

80's

Around 1985 

Unknown fan

An unknown fan in the mid-eighties

Side of car

Markings on the lower quarter panel

Front end

Around 1985 

Courtesy of Jim Hopkins

Around 1985 before the Bob Butts restoration

The trunk

Courtesy of Nathan Truman, 1988

San Diego 1988

Courtesy of Andre Toscano, 1988

Courtesy of Joseph Coghlan

Brick, NJ 1988

Courtesy of Joseph Coghlan

Brick, NJ 1988

Courtesy of Joseph Coghlan

Brick, NJ 1988 

Courtesy of Joseph Coghlan

Brick, NJ 1988 

Courtesy of Joseph Coghlan

Brick, NJ 1988

Courtesy of Jeff Collins

The Batcycle in 1989

Courtesy of Jeff Collins

Greensboro, NC in 1989

Courtesy of Jeff Collins

Greensboro, NC in 1989

Courtesy of Jeff Collins

Greensboro, NC in 1989

Courtesy of Chris Drago

Seaside Heights, NJ in 1989

Courtesy of Chris Drago

Seaside Heights, NJ in 1989 

Courtesy of Xavier Onassis

Toms River, NJ in 1989

Courtesy of Xavier Onassis

Toms River, NJ in 1989

Courtesy of Xavier Onassis

Toms River, NJ in 1989

Courtesy of Xavier Onassis

Toms River, NJ in 1989

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Courtesy of Jim Hopkins, 1990's

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Courtesy of Jim Hopkins, 1990's

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Courtesy of Jim Hopkins, 1990's

1996

Courtesy of Kory Hoffman, 1996

1996

Courtesy of Kory Hoffman, 1996

1996

Courtesy of Kory Hoffman, 1996

1996

Courtesy of Kory Hoffman, 1996

1996

Courtesy of Kory Hoffman, 1996

The #5 in Las Vegas courtesy of Andy Garringer

At a Las Vegas Show

The #5 in Las Vegas courtesy of Andy Garringer

At a Las Vegas Show

Watch out for the fire!

Photo from 9-00

Sideview

Photo from 9-00

The rocket launchers

Photo from 9-00

On its trailer

Being hauled away 9-00

Great detail shot

Photo from 9-00

Interior

Interior in 9-00

Front

Photo from 9-00

Rear

Notice the smaller trunk

On its trailer

Hauling it away

Detail of door area

Side view

Sideview

Photo from 9-00

Interior

Interior in 9-00

Some photos courtesy of Jeff Collins and John Brown

Original "letter of authenticity" from George Barris

Letter

April 3, 1986

REFERENCE: BATMOBILE  #005

Be advised, Batmobile serial number #005 is one of the five Batmobiles Designed by George Barris for the ABC TV and UNIVERSAL MOVIE "BATMAN."

This, the number two, of the only metal cars built and the balance are fiberglass duplicates.

The primary use of this vehicle was as the main stunt car plus touring for Feature Attraction at the International Auto Show Nationally.

Also to be known, these five BATMOBILES, are the only five real and approved vehicles by Barris Kustom Ind. which has a design patent on file in Washington.

Thank you,

George Barris

Barris Kustom, Ind.

 

Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola

Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola

Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola Courtesy of Lisa Abatecola
Back in June 1988, Bob Butts (the owner at the time) took his car in for some minor repairs.  They did a tune-up, replaced the water pump and other minor things.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Abatecola at www.mop-art.com