Somebody Paid $137,000 for Original 1963 Batmobile

The Tumbler could crush it. Literally.

A couple of weeks back it was announced that a fully restored Batmobile would be put up for auction. But this wasn’t just any Batmobile. In fact, it was never featured in a TV series or movie. No, this replica of Batman’s old DC Comics ride was built by a guy named Forrest Robinson back in 1963. It took three years to convert a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 with a 324 Rocket engine into what’s considered to be the first and oldest Batmobile out there. And now it’s just been sold for a whopping $137,000.

Remember, Robinson’s labor of love predates the George Barris Batmobile driven by Adam West in the late ‘60s TV series. That car sold for an astounding $4.2 million in January 2013. But this was the first time the ’63 Batmobile was put up for auction. That’s because it was only discovered in 2008 after being found rusting in a New Hampshire field. It’s since been completely restored to its original glory and is a true piece of pop culture and Americana. The identity of its new owner was not disclosed.

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