Back in 1954 the Ford Motor Company invested the unheard-of-sum of $250,000 to create the one-of-a-kind Lincoln Futura.
The concept car did not catch on and thus sat on a lot for a decade.
Auto customizer George Barris purchased it for $1 in 1965 and in three weeks flat turned it into the first Batmobile for ABC television.
It was inspired by a scuba-diving encounter with a shark.
The next year Barris used the original for a mold and crafted three authorized replica’s, one also used on the TV show while two others toured making personal appearances.
The original has chrome trim around the windscreen canopies, and recently sold to a collector.
The replica’s have canopies trimmed in black.
We ran into one of the replica’s down at the bottom of Wall Street.
No doubt some wealthy Gotham financier,
off to commit another crime.
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