The first official 1963 #Batmobile is up for auction

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There have been a
number of Batmobiles
over the history of
Batman’s career, with
the latest including the
tank-like model from
Christopher Nolan’s
trilogy, as well as the
forthcoming model from
Zack Snyder’s upcoming
movie. But now there is
an opportunity to own
the very first officially-
licensed Batman
vehicle, predating even
the Lincoln that was
used in the classic
1960’s TV show.
Recently found and
restored, this original
Batmobile was built by
hand in 1960 and based
on the body of a 1956
Oldsmobile 88 .

Built in
a family barn, it took
designer Forrest
Robinson three years to
complete, and then the
car spent three years
traveling the country as
a promotional vehicle,
until it was replaced in
1966 by the Lincoln
Futura from the TV
show. It is now up for
sale at Heritage
Auctions, with a
starting bid of $90,000.

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The ’63 Batmobile was
said to have been
abandoned and
forgotten in a field,
where it spent the next
50 years or so until its
rediscovery in 2008. It
changed hands several
times between then and
2013, when restoration
began, followed by
completion earlier this
year.

As the first car ever to
be licensed by DC
Comics, comic book
historians note that this
Batmobile is the closest
in resemblance to what
appeared in the 1940’s
Batman comics, with its
large, central back-end
fin and a bat-like front
nose.

The Batmobile
from the original TV
show was successfully
auctioned last year for
$4.2 million, and with
several weeks to go
before this sale closes,
it’s anyone’s guess how
much this model will go
for.

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