Sunday, November 17, 2013
YES I "MODIFIED" THE BATMOBILE! PART 3
Yes I said R.I.P. Futura and technically after it was sold she was a gonna! Remember this photo from part 1?Ford on the other hand?? That $1 they collected on a one off concept car has earned a fortune and recently was sold again for 4.2 million! There is a renewed interest in the concept cars that survived and they are starting to get that kind of money, but is it hard to accept the original car is lost forever inside the Batmobile although not that far away as seen in the photos above. When the show and the car became a hit it was clear they needed more Batmobiles so molds were made to make fiberglass replicas.Be clear here only 3 copies were made by Barris,the original Futura based Batmobile will always be #1, #2 a back up for filming, #3 was an executive promo car that toured the country and displayed at car shows etc...#4 was a big block drag race exhibition car piloted by "Wild Bill" Shrewsberry. The three replicas #2,3 AND 4 are all based on a 1965–1966 Ford Galaxie. The car that became replica #5 was discovered by a friend of Barris ( built from a '58 Ford Thunderbird by Jim Sermersheim) and confiscated by Marshalls! It then became the 4th replica of the group and Batmobile #5 officially.Bob Butts was authorized to make replica Batmobile bodies and in the strangest of all tales Mr. Butts brought the movie era Futura back to life using a reverse modified Batmobile!