1966 Barris Replica Batmobile
In late 1965 Fox Television contacted Dean Jeffries a famed Hollywood car builder to design and build a "Batmobile for their upcoming Batman TV series. When the studio wanted the program to air sooner then he could produce the car, he was paid off and the project went to George Barris. The Batmobile that became the iconic car used in the TV show and early films was built on a one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car created by Ford Motor Company. Barris was trying to get Hollywood's attention with the Futura, which he had purchased from Ford for the nominal sum of $1.00 and "other valuable consideration". Barris decided rather than building a car from scratch, it would be relatively easy to transform the distinctive Futura into the famous crime-fighting vehicle. Design work was conducted by Herb Grasse, working as an associate designer for Barris. When filming for the series began, several problems arose due to the car's age: it overheated, the battery died, and the expensive Mickey Thompson tires repeatedly failed. By mid season, the engine and transmission were replaced with those of a Ford Galaxie. In October, 2010, DC Comics authorized Fiberglass Freaks in Logansport, Indiana, to build officially licensed 1966 Batmobile replicas. This vehicle is one of The few licensed replicas remaining.
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