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Holy motors, Batman! No, not that pretentious Leos Carax bore. The original Batmobile hits the auction block this January.

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The Gotham City gas guzzler was designed for the the 1966 Batman TV series by car customizer extraordinaire George Barris. Unlike other celebrity rides that have duplicate cars produced for promotional means or to accommodate varying camera angles, this is the one and only Batmobile designed for the show. Barris is the car's sole owner.

Next to The Munsters coach and Grandpa's Dragula (both designed by Barris) and 007's Aston Martin (it sold for $4.6 million in 2010), the Batmobile -- with its optional flame thrower, oil slick propellent, and Ben-Hur-style tire shredders -- is probably the coolest celebrity car on the planet.

The Batmobile was pattered after a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Under pressure from 20th Century Fox to produce a car, Barris decided to refurnish a Lincoln Mark II as opposed to reinventing the wheel.

Barris hope the car will fetch millions, but in an interview given to CNN, Jonathan Klinger, with the collector car insurance firm Hagerty Insurance, "thinks the Batmobile will probably sell for a few hundred thousand dollars. The trouble, he said, is that there are so many very good Batmobile replicas around."

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The closest many of us will ever come to owning a piece of the 'Mobile is this 1966 Corgi die-cast scale replica.

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MarkRacop Nov. 29, 2012 @ 3:54 p.m.

Despite the fact that my company produces officially licensed 1966 Batmobile replicas, I disasgree with Klinger's estimate for the auction. As the one and only screen-used 1966 Batmobile, I expect it to hit between $3-5 million. Replicas no matter how nice--even mine--are just replicas. This original, iconic car will bring out those that have been waiting for the real deal. The guys and gals at Fiberglass Freaks wish George Barris and his family much success at their auction.

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Scott Marks Nov. 29, 2012 @ 4:12 p.m.

I am inclined to agree with yo...Wait a second. You own a replica Batmobile?!

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 29, 2012 @ 5:07 p.m.

The Batmobile was pattered after a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.

It was not patterned after a Lincoln Futura, it was BUILT on a Lincoln Futura, of which there were only 6 or 7 prototypes, and Barris bought one which was going ot be scapped for a veyr low price, like $5K, they cost $250K to produce .....

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Scott Marks Nov. 29, 2012 @ 5:46 p.m.

Are you sure that it wasn't built on a Lincoln Mark II or is that the same thing as a Futura? I'm Jewish and know nothing about cars.

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 30, 2012 @ 7:34 a.m.

The original Batmobile, the Barris car coming up for auction, was built on one of the 7 original Futura cars. The rest were copies made out of fiberglass. The 7 Futura prototypes were all handmade-like Ferrari's were- and they never went into production.

Barris and his son are on FB, as is one of his employees, Tony Wood, there are extensive pics of the Batmobile under their names.

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tomjohnston Nov. 30, 2012 @ 11:44 a.m.

surfpuppy619, I believe that a little research would show that there was only 1 Lincoln Futura built. It was built as a one off concept car. It was hand built at Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy in 1954, was unveiled in its original pearl “frost-blue” white paint finish in 1955 at the Chicago Auto Show. and was used in at least 1 movie. Barris made a mold of the #1 car and cast three replica car bodies in fiberglass and were mounted on 65-66 Ford Galaxy chassis. The coppies are all in private collections.

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Colonna Nov. 30, 2012 @ 5:53 p.m.

Meanwhile, at the garage of famed car inventor George Barris...

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