Original Batmobile
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The original Batmobile under construction

Car customizer George Barris, 87, stands next to the original Batmobile at Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood. Barris designed the car for the 1966 television show “Batman,” which starred Adam West and Burt Ward. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
The iconic Batmobile from the 1960s television show is set for the auction block this weekend. The midnight-black and fluorescent-red-pinstriped car that Adam West’s Batman used to battle villains in Gotham will be up for grabs Saturday at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. (George Barris Photo Collection)
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. (George Barris Photo Collection)
The Batmobile was created by famed car customizer George Barris. (George Barris Photo Collection)
The heavily modified car, known around the world, was built at Barris Kustom Industries auto shop on Riverside Drive in North Hollywood. It has been on display there in a gallery since the television show ended in 1968. (George Barris Photo Collection)
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. (George Barris Photo Collection)
The iconic Batmobile from the 1960s television show is set for the auction block this weekend. The midnight-black and fluorescent-red-pinstriped car that Adam West’s Batman used to battle villains in Gotham will be up for grabs Saturday at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here it is under construction. (George Barris Photo Collection)
Fluorescent-red pinstrips adorn the original Batmobile. (George Barris Photo Collection)
The iconic Batmobile from the 1960s television show is set for the auction block this weekend. The midnight-black and fluorescent-red-pinstriped car that Adam West’s Batman used to battle villains in Gotham will be up for grabs Saturday at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here it is under construction. (George Barris Photo Collection)
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. (George Barris Photo Collection)
Test driving the original Batmobile. (George Barris Photo Collection)
Testing the parachutes on the original Batmobile. (George Barris Photo Collection)
“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.” (George Barris Photo Collection)
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.” (George Barris Photo Collection)
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