An avid Batman fan from Arizona purchased a Batmobile for $4.2 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on the 19th of January, 2013.
The futuristic black two-seater vehicle was the original Batmobile used in the Batman television series that was aired from 1966 to 1968. It drew spirited bidding at the auction, but it was Rick Champagne, the owner of a logistics company in Phoenix, who came away with the iconic car. The 56-year-old man said that he had been a fan of Batman when he was growing up, and being able to purchase the car was a “dream come true”.
Prior to this auction, the Batmobile had never been offered at a public sale. The vehicle was originally a Lincoln Futura, which was a concept car made by Ford Motor Company, and it was purchased and transformed into the Batmobile by auto customizer George Barris in 1965. Barris, who used to supply vehicles for movies and tv shows, said that he wanted the car to become a star, and it did. He remained the owner of the Batmobile until this auction.
The Batmobile is equipped with a V8 engine, and it has instruments on its steering wheel, as well as innovative features such as push-button transmission. However, it will be best remembered by fans of the Batman series for its Bat gadgets, such as car phone, rear parachutes for making quick turns, and its ability to release nails, smoke, and oil to thwart enemies.