The world's first real-life Batmobile, a custom car built in 1963, is looking for a new home and is about to go under the hammer.
The car, which started out as a 1956 Oldsmobile 88, is the "earliest custom car in existence used as an officially licensed Batmobile," according to Heritage Auctions. The opening bid will be set at $90,000 for the December auction, but the seller expects it may fetch as much as $500,000.
The car was designed by Forrest Robinson in 1960 using elements from comic book Batmobiles from the 1940s and 1950s – including the single rear fin. He designed it five years before George Barris began designing the Batmobile for the TV show in 1965. Robinson spent three years building it and initially had the car painted silver to use as a daily driver. The Batman TV show debuted in 1966 and that's when an official DC Comics licensee leased the car, repainted it and showed it off as the "Batman's Batmobile" across the Eastern United States.
After its touring stint, the car returned to its original owner in 1966 and later sold for less than $200. It was abandoned in a New Hampshire field and that's where it sat until being discovered in 2008 and restored to its original condition.
"This is a great piece of lost Pop Culture and Americana," said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment and Music at Heritage Auctions, in a statement. "After it was removed from the field, it went through a few owners before the most recent owner, Toy Car Exchange, put the car through a painstaking frame up restoration with the original engine and other original parts lovingly restored and rebuilt."
The auction will take place Dec. 6. The Barris-designed Batmobile from the Adam West series sold at auction for $4.62 million last year.
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