Monday, February 13, 2017

Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile

For me, the George Barris designed Batmobile from the 1966 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is the Batmobile. In August 1965, the Batman TV show producers approached car customizer Dean Jeffries to build a Batmobile for their new show. Jeffries was going to use a 1959 Cadillac, but ultimately he turned down the project because he felt he wouldn’t have enough time to complete the car.

Producer William Dozier then approached George Barris, of Barris Kustom City, to see if he was interested in building a Batmobile for the upcoming show. The only catch was the car had to be ready in a mere three weeks after the contract was signed.

Seeing the bat-like qualities his 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car already had, George knew it was the perfect answer to the quandary 20th Century Fox had created.
While this isn't a Hot Wheels Elite model made of metal with opening doors, hood, and trunk; it is a screen accurate scale model able to accommodate the 6 inch figures quite well. It is actually nearly 18 inches long, making it about the size of the Mego Batmobile!
The box isn't collector friendly so you will likely have to rip it open. What you get is a plastic Batmobile. It is quite light and has no real working features, but it is very detailed. The interior has all the items featured in the TV Series such as the Batphone, working seatbelts, and even a fire extinguisher!.

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