Car designer George Barris (b.1925) died on November 5. Barris is best known for designing the 1966 Batmobile and went on to design custom cars for The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies. Barris bought the Lincoln Futura which was the base for the Batmobile for $1 and spent about $15,000 to run it into the iconic car. In 2013, he sold the original Batmobile for $4.2 million.
The original Batmobile designed by George Barris for the 1966 television show Batman sold at auction on January 19 for $4.2 million. The car, which was built on the chassis of the Lincoln Futura concept car, has been in Barris’s possession since it was created, although there are other copies of the car that have been sold. The name of the purchaser has not been disclosed.