Francine York - American designer of custom cars George Barris celebrates his 88th birthday. George Barris is known throughout the world as the 'original' King of Kustomizers. His creations are legendary in the world of television and motion pictures including the likes of the original television series Batmobile, Munster Koach, Beverly Hillbillies and KITT from Nightrider. - North Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 24th November 2013
George Barris - designer of the Batmobile and Adam West - Batman - The Batman Product Line Launch at the Meltdown Comics on March 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st March 2013
The first ever Batmobile, specially customised for the iconic 1960s TV show, has been sold in an auction for an enormous $4.62m.
Hollywood's best car customiser, George Barris, was commissioned to make the Batmobile. After buying a 1955 Lincoln Future concept car from Ford he decked it out with a bubble-top roof and all kinds of gadgets that Batman certainly needs, including lasers, the option of oil slicking the roads to shake anyone chasing him and smoke machines to confuse his enemies. Who wouldn't want a car like that?!
One person, who really, really, really wanted it was a man named Rick Champagne, who forked out the incredible sum. He's wanted it "ever since [he] was a kid. [He] had a toy model of it."