While many comic book purists took exception to the campy, tongue-in-cheek nature of the Dark Knight as depicted in the 1960s television series “Batman,” most would agree that certain aspects of the show, like the Batmobile, were pretty cool. And the 1960s Batmobile used by Adam West and Burt Ward in that series netted $4.2 million at a Scottsdale, Ariz. auction yesterday.
After winning the bidding yesterday, Champagne said “"I really liked Batman growing up and I came here with the intention of buying the car."
"Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true."
This particular Batmobile, based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura, was previously owned by George Barris, the man who originally customized the car for the “Batman” TV show that ran from 1966 – 1968. Bariss has owned the Batmobile since Dec. 1965.
George Barris, now 87-years old, said "with every pow, bang, wow, wee, I wanted the car to do something just like the actors."
"The car had to be a star on its own. And it became one."
For more on the recent sale of the 1960s Batmobile, see the video accompanying this article.
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