The original Batmobile from the 1960s television series has sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $4.2 million.
The winning bid was from car collector Rick Champagne from Arizona. The 1966 19-foot-long car was used in the “Batman” TV series that starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.
The car’s creator and owner, auto customizer George Barris from Los Angeles, transformed a one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into a car used to fight crime in the TV show. It had lasers and a “Batphone” and could release smoke screens and oil slicks. According to Barris’ publicist, he was pleased with the auction result.
Another significant automobile sold at the auction was the first retail production model of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ending in 0001. The car was pre-sold for $1.1 million, which is more than 20 times the expected price of the base model.
The winning bid was from NASCAR team owner Richard Hendrick, who is also an avid Corvette collector. Hendrick also bought GM’s CEO Dan Akerson’s 1958 Corvette, for which he paid $270,000. The money will also go to charity, more precisely to Habitat for Humanity Detroit.