1966 Batmobile (Replica)

First Floor - Artistry

As depicted in the TV series Batman  (1966-1968) and Batman: The Movie (1966)

Designer: George Barris
Builder: N/A
George Barris (ORIGINAL BATMOBILE)
Based on: 1955 Lincoln Futura (ORIGINAL BATMOBILE)

Over the past 80 years, a variety of Batmobiles have appeared across various media, each reflecting the period in which it was conceived. However, due to the rise of television in the 1960s, no other Batmobile has achieved the notoriety of the one built for the Batman TV series. Appearing in nearly every episode as well as the 1966 movie, the Batmobile aided Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward) with some of the most imaginative crime-fighting accessories, including a rocket launcher, Batscope, 180° Bat Turn, and Detect‑A‑Scope.

George Barris built the original 1966 Batmobile from Lincoln’s Futura concept car of 1955. Retaining the shark-like contours and bubble top of the Futura, the Batmobile was painted gray with white stripes. However, after screening the car exiting the Batcave, Barris decided to repaint it with super gloss black paint and fluorescent cerise highlights to make it “pop” on screen. While only one car was used for filming, Barris built four more for exhibition use and a countless number of officially licensed and fan-built replicas exist as a testament to the 1966 Batmobile’s iconic status.

Collection of Jeff Dunham