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1964 Batmobile Commissioned by DC Comics

Classics, Movies & Television  /   /  By eBay Motors

The $4.6 million, first-time-ever auction of the world-famous television Batmobile at this year’s Barrett-Jackson event was thrilling for Dynamic Duo fans of all ages. George Barris’ Batmobile is an icon not only of Batman lore, but of television history. One has to wonder: if TV’s Batmobile can bring in nearly $5 million at auction, what about a restored version of the first Batmobile built? What’s that you say—there was a Batmobile built before George Barris’ classic? Indeed there was, Boys and Girls Wonder — and eBay Motors is here to tell you all about this hard to find treasure.
 
Built in New England between 1961-1963, the Batmobile currently available for auction was used to promote All Star Dairies Batman and Robin line of milk, ice cream, fruit drink products that were made at the time under license from DC Comics. Starting from a mid-50s Oldsmobile rolling chassis, the builder custom-designed and made his own fiberglass mold from which this one-of-a-kind body came. The car wasn’t built specifically as a Batmobile, but when the builder and his wife were traveling in it, some executives from All Star Dairies noticed the resemblance and approached him with an offer to lease the car over a two-year period. During that time it was painted and badged as the All Star Dairy Batmobile. After the lease was up, the original owner held it for some years before it began passing through a succession of owners, leading to the current owner who has it up for auction now.
 
While never licensed directly by DC Comics, this original Batmobile does draw from elements of the early, pre-TV Batmobiles. The rear fins and jutting ‘shark fin’ in the back suggest the Studebaker, Cadillac, and Cord of the mid-40s/50s Dick Sprang-drawn Batman comics while the low, wide body brings to mind the early 60s Porsche-356 Batmobile. With a full restoration needed, a new owner could add some elements (a Batman-faced fascia, perhaps?) to bring this old-school Batmobile to life in a way it never was even in its day.

Click on the link to Bid on this hard to find item before the auction ends on Feb 08, 201313:50:52 PST: 1964 Batmobile

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8 Comments
 
  1. PERY February 8, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    ANOTHER POOR ATEMPT BY JACKSON SO SELL AN CAR NEVER COMMISIONED BY DC SHAM

  2. The Penguin February 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Nice to see the current owner is taking such good care of the car.

  3. KRUSER February 10, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    Please Please don’t compare that creation to a BATMOBILE much less to a collector CAR

  4. Jim February 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

    What a piece of crap

  5. The Cat Woman February 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Meow !

  6. Anton Chigurh April 19, 2013 at 1:03 am Reply

    I think I just threw up in my mouth…..

  7. CARHUNTER February 16, 2014 at 8:11 am Reply

    Maybe some of you should read the explanation above about the car, was the true first Batmobile used as an advertising tool. No other grand claims were made. Anyone notice the styling cues taken by Barris for the 66 from the front and rear? Read my blog and read the truth about Barris and the Batmobile. A guy in New Hampshire just made a fiberglass body which was very common back then for his own project and it was spotted by the dairy. This car has been restored and I like it the way it was restored.

  8. Bill Smith July 12, 2015 at 7:09 pm Reply

    What a fantastic vision from Forrest Robinson! I really hope he gets proper recognition for this. It’s one of the most gorgeous cars I’ve ever seen. As for body design, I think it may even call to Italian and French cars like Bugatti, Delahaye, prewar Alfa etc… It is truly a one off work of art. And facts are facts …it IS the first Batmobile!
    The haters must be young punks.

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