Entries in Batmobile (2)


Original Batmobile Auctioned for $4.62M

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- The original Batmobile was auctioned Saturday for $4.62 million, including commission, at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The crime-fighting vehicle was built by George Barris, who transformed a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car he bought for $1 into one of the most recognizable vehicles in entertainment history.

The 19-foot-long car was used on the “Batman” television show from 1966 to 1968 and had remained in Barris’ personal collection until the auction.

The buyer of Bruce Wayne’s old ride was identified by The Hollywood Reporter as Rick Champagne, the owner of a Tempe-based logistics company.

Champagne will have all of the famous Bat-gadgets at his fingertips. The car comes equipped with a Batphone, Bat smoke and is capable of a 180-degree  ”bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted parachutes, among other features, according to a release on the Barrett-Jackson website.

Batman memorabilia and documentation from Barris’ archives is also included in the sale, according to Barrett-Jackson.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Report: Justin Bieber Attracts Cops in ‘Batman’ Themed Cadillac

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- If you’re a 17-year-old cruising around in a Cadillac CTS-V with the word “Batmobile” emblazoned on the trunk, you’re going to attract some attention. If you’re all of the above and also happen to be Justin Bieber, pretty much everyone is going to take note -- especially if you cut off a cop car.

According to TMZ, earlier this week, the teen pop sensation was driving that car around Los Angeles accompanied by Sean Kingston in a black Rolls Royce and another buddy in a Range Rover. TMZ said that according to law enforcement sources, Bieber cut off a California Highway Patrol officer and got pulled over along with the two other cars in the mini-motorcade. The Biebs and his pals were let off with a warning.

Justin’s Cadillac not only has the word “Batmobile” on the back, it also reportedly has a “JB” logo on the side panel and Batman symbols on the front and back.  The base model of that car -- excluding JB's custom matte black paint, rims, and the other custom bells and whistles -- costs around $70,000.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio