A Phoenix-area logistics company owner is the proud new owner of the original Batmobile used in the caped crusader’s television series in from 1966 to 1968. In fact, after making the winning bid of $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction last weekend, the buyer, Rick Champagne, became only the second owner of the famous wheeled prop.
Champagne, positively bubbly with excitement over his winning bid, said, “I really liked Batman growing up and I came here with the intention of buying the car. Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true.”
The 1955 Lincoln Futura that the concept car is built around was purchased for $1 by storied car customizer George Barris who then turned it into the crime-fighting vehicle. Barris was given 15 days and $15,000 to convert the Lincoln into the Batmobile.
Having owned the Batmoble since 1965, Barris, 87, understood that it was time to sell the car. With every pow, bang, wow, wee, I wanted the car to do something just like the actors. The car had to be a star on its own. And it became one,” said Barris before the auction.