xoxoxoBruce Saturday Nov 15 10:44 PM
Nov 16, 2014: Batmobile
There have been numerous versions of the Batmobile in the comics and eight versions for TV and movies.
Now obviously this car wasn’t built to be a daily driver. It’s a garage queen for cruising on summer Sundays, or impressing the roller skating carhops on warm Friday nights. It’s also the kind of car that once everyone has seen it, and knows who it belongs to, other interests sing the siren’s song. So when DC Comics wanted to lease it for a promotional tour Forrest said, run, Batmobile, run.
The lure of the bright lights of fame and fortune corrupts, ask Wayne Bobbitt or Levi Johnston.
When the car came home, Forrest was trying to raise money to start a business, so he sold it for $200… that would be almost $1500 today. The car was resold a couple times then ended up in a New Hampshire field for near fifty years.
In 2008, the car was discovered by Bobby Smith of Swanzey, NH. He sold it to a rare car dealer in Chicago, who re-sold it to auto historian George Albright. In February 2013, the '63 Batmobile was purchased by Toy Car Exchange LLC and transported to Borbon Fabrications in Sacramento, CA, a company that specializes in vintage car restorations. I heard they spent 1700 man hours on it.
Now it’s at Heritage Auctions, opening bid $90,000 ($112,500 with buyer’s premium)
fargon Sunday Nov 16 11:33 AM
Gravdigr Sunday Nov 16 01:00 PM
You'd have to be batty to bid $90k on that.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 16 05:15 PM
They predict it'll go in the $180,000 to $200,000 range.
lumberjim Tuesday Nov 18 10:11 AM
Boy, I wonder
newtimer Tuesday Nov 18 03:31 PM