Minichamps MIN107116130 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept Car - Pearlesecent White (1:18 Scale)
"The ultimate concept car will move so fast, even at rest, as to be invisible."
- J. G. Ballard
The Lincoln Futura was a concept car designed by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. It was originally designed by Ford Motor Company lead stylists Bill Schmidt and John Najjar Ferzely and built by Ghia entirely by hand in Turin, Italy, at a cost of $250,000 (2013 equivalent: $2,100,000) and displayed on the auto show circuit in 1955. In 1966 the car was modified by George Barris into the Batmobile, for the 1966 TV series Batman.
Pictured here is a 1:18 scale replica of a 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept Car finished in Pearlesecent White. Back Order! Ship Date: November 2014.
Length: 12 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: March 2014
Historical Account: "Batman" - In 1966, Barris was requested to design a theme car for the Batman television series. Originally the auto stylist Dean Jeffries was contracted to build the car for the show in late 1965, but when the studio wanted the car faster than he could deliver, the project was handed to Barris. With the short notice, Barris thought the Futura might work well, and using Jeffries initial car, decided that its unusual winged shape would be an ideal starting point for the Batmobile. Barris hired Bill Cushenberry to do the metal modifications to the car. Barris went on to build three fiberglass replicas using the frames and running gear from 1966 Ford Galaxie cars for the show circuit, three of which were covered with a felt-like flocking finish in the 1970s. Barris later acquired a fourth replica, a metal car built on a 1958 Thunderbird.
After its conversion to the Batmobile, Barris continued to retain ownership of the car, leasing it to the TV studio for filming. After production of the TV series ended, Barris continued to own the car, which was displayed in Barris' own museum in California. It has been displayed in the Cayman Motor Museum on Grand Cayman Island.
Barris sold the Batmobile to Rick Champagne at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona for US4.62 million dollars.