So what am I talking about, anyway? I was reading the Pennysaver (a local once a week publication) and it had a small clip about the Batmobile. According to them, and confirmed a bit by Wiki and CNN money, Ford designed a car called the Lincoln Futura in 1955. It was had crafted in Turin, Italy for the cost of $250,000 (2.2 million) and it never made it into production.
Ten years later George Barris of Barris Kustom City bought it from Ford for one dollar. (Really? One dollar? Did some CEO get kicked out of his apartment and have to move right now?) He made the modifications and added fresh paint and WALLA! Adam West had a car to drive while he made an idiot out of himself for the latter part of the 1960s.
Sorry about the quality of the pics, but the video I wanted wouldn’t imbed. According to CNN, the car then sold for 4.6 million dollars at Barret Jackson in early 2013. The link is below. Not a bad profit margin for something that was picked up for a dollar.
Interestingly enough, the Ford Futura was produced between 1962 and 2008 for sale in Australia. Quite a difference in design from over the years, seeing that this one is a 2001, but if someone made it into a Batmobile? I donno.