First Official Batmobile is Up for Sale
Batman has been and still si a world-wide phenomenon! Most of us grew with it and have been fascinated by the gadgets involved in the Batman franchise.
By far the most iconic piece is the batmobile! People go crazy when it comes the car the superhero used and we’ve seen plenty of incredible replicas out there that are getting acquisition offers in the 7 figure territory.
Today, we’re taking a look at the most iconic of them all: the original batmobile!
Yes you heard that right, the first automobile to ever be recognized as the batmobile is currently up for auction with a starting price of only $90,000.
So why isn’t the starting price a lot higher since it is such a monumental pop culture piece?
Well, unfortunately it is not the model featured in the hit tv show back in the ’60s, but the first ever car to be sanctioned by a DC Comics licensee, meaning it was the first automobile to cross into the intellectual property the company owned making it the first official batmobile!
Built by 23-year-old Forrest Robinson with a friend, the car was completed in 1963, two years ahead of the George Barris’ TV ready design went into production.
Although most people think of the late ’60s batmobile showcased on the hit tv show, Robinson’s design is though of as “more authentic” by comic-book enthusiasts.
Originally painted space-silver the car got a lot of attention and as the bat fandom exploded in the following years, the automobile sparked interest from DC. They repainted the car in the official colors and used it for promotional purposes.
Because Robinson was in need of cash to start a fabrication business he sold the car for $200. Soon after changing hands once again the first batmobile was found abandoned in a New Hampshire field and it remained like that for almost fifty years.
In 2008 the car was discovered by Bobby Smith of Swanzey and changed hands a few more times until it was properly authenticated. In 2013 the car was purchased by Toy Car Exchange LLC who made sure it was restored to pristine condition.
The auction ends on December 5th 2014 and the car is expected to be sold for at least $180,000.
If you’ve got the money and you were a batkid when you were little, this piece of American Pop Culture might just spark some nostalgia within you.
We look forward to the end of the auction to see who’s gonna be the new owner of the first official batmobile ever made!