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|It's no Joker: Batman's car is for sale |
This October, 2012 photo, shows the the original Batmobile in Los Angeles. Batman's original ride, from the 1960s TV series, will be auctioned on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car was used in the TV show that starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader. Famed auto customizer George Barris transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into a sleek crime-fighting machine. On the show, it boasted lasers and a Batphone and could lay down smokescreens and oil slicks. AP Photo/Courtesy Barrett-Jackson/George Barris.
LOS ANGELES (AFP).- It's no Joker: Batman's car is for sale.
The original 1966 Batmobile is expected to go under the hammer on January 19, the Barrett-Jackson auto auction house said Thursday.
The iconic vehicle, which was featured in the Batman TV series as well as the movie adaptation starring Adam West, is capable of a quick 180-degree "bat-turn" thanks to two rear-mounted parachutes, the auctioneers said.
"The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history and it has become a true icon that has been carried from generation to generation of Batmobiles to follow," Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said in a statement.
"This vehicle not only marks the significant Bat logo that sits on the middle of its door, but a time in television history where they defied the odds of making a car the real star of the show."
The Batmobile, a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car adapted by customizer Barris, features the Batphone, a Bat Eye Switch, Bat Smoke "and many other Bat gadgets," according to Barrett-Jackson.
The auction will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson has reportedly said it could fetch millions of dollars.
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