Information About the Movie Car Mobile Bat
The Mobile Bat Car actually started life as the Futura Concept Car in 1955, promoted by Ford's Lincoln brand, and designed by their lead stylists Bill Schmidt and John Najjar. It was first showcased at the Chicago Auto Show in January 1955.
But despite finding success as a show car, it was to be another 10 years (several of which were under the ownership of auto customiser George Barris, where it sat forgotten and dilapidating behind his shop after the $250,000 car was sold to him for $1) before fame of a different kind came calling.
In 1965, TV executive William Dozier approached Barris to design the 'Super Hero' car for a new Batman TV series. With just a three week turnaround to get it ready, he completed work on the now iconic 'Batmobile' in time for the start of series production in October of that year. Insured for $125,000, the car first appeared with the debut of the Batman series on US television in January 1966.
It is a faithful recreation of the original customised concept car that TrackDays is proud to bring you as part of our range of Movie Car Blast and Thrill experiences at a fantastic range of venues right across the UK that we have available to book for both Adults and Juniors, starting from just £39.
You can book directly onto a date of your choice from our regularly updated Events Calendars or purchase an open Gift Voucher - the ideal choice for the budding caped crusader in your life, whatever the special occasion!
Cool Facts About the Movie Car Mobile Bat
The Lincoln Futura was very nearly not destined for success on the small screen as Batman's signature wheels. That honour was originally set to go to the 1959 Cadillac, but when production schedules were brought forward, it was scrapped at the last minute.
And whilst George Barris might have bought the concept car on a bargain, when he eventually went to sell the original customised Mobile Bat car in 2013, it's safe to say that he made a hearty return on investment.
It went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in January of that year for a whopping $4.62 million (£2.9 million), making it a record for a TV or movie car that is yet to be surpassed.
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