martes, 29 de enero de 2013

BATMOBILE 1966 + George Barris

Well, that was exciting. We just watched the original Batmobile sell for a shocking $4,620,000, after all fees have been assessed. That makes this the most expensive vehicle sold (so far) here at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson car auction. Impressive.
via: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/19/original-1966-batmobile-sells-for-an-amazing-4-620-000-at-barre/

 El coche futurista utilizado en la famosa serie de televisión Batman ha sido vendido en una subasta por 4,62 millones de dólares (3,5 millones de euros). El vehículo utilizado por el superhéroe de los cómics para combatir el crimen fue construido por George Barris, quien en 1955 compró un Lincoln Futura en un depósito de chatarra por solo un dólar y lo transformó en uno de los coches más reconocibles de la historia del entretenimiento. El Batimóvil fue utilizado en la serie Batman emitida entre 1966 y 1968. Aunque el comprador no ha sido identificado formalmente, algunos medios de comunicación estadounidenses se lo asignan al millonario dueño de una compañía de logística con base en la ciudad de Tempe, en Arizona, Rick Champagne.

The one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car was originally created by a design team at Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln styling department. The 19-foot-long, two-seat, bubble-topped grand touring car prototype was entirely hand-built in 1954 by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy, and unveiled in its original pearlescent "frost-blue" white paint finish in 1955 at the Chicago Auto Show.
In late 1965, 20th Century Fox Television and William Dozier's Greenway Productions tapped Barris to come up with a car to foil Batman's enemies. Barris, who also made the Munster Koach and "Beverly Hillbillies" jalopy from the 1960s TV shows, turned out a monster.
The car features bulletproof Plexiglas bubble windshields and the Bat Ray (dual 450-watt laser beams that blasted obstacles to bits). It also has a Bat-O-Meter, which identified the location of the bad guys, as well as oil squirters (fashioned from lawn sprinkler heads) to foil evildoers.
Barris said he transformed the Lincoln in just 15 days for $15,000.
"I saw the script and it said, 'Bang,' 'Pow,' 'Boom,' " Barris, now 87, said. "That's exactly what I wanted the car to do. I wanted it to be as big a character as the actors."
Selling the car is bittersweet for Barris. It's been his trademark for years. His cellphone's ring tone is a familiar theme song: "Na na na na na ... Batman."

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