The original Batmobile—or at least, the first real-life car that was licensed by DC Comics as a Batmobile—sold at auction for just $137,000 on Saturday.
That's a disappointing result considering the importance of the car in the pantheon of Bat-kitsch. And even though the George Barris TV creation that was created afterwards traded hands for $4.2M last year, this one brought a tiny fraction of that.
Which isn't to sell the Forrest Robinson Batmobile short.
This video, which shows the car in motion, details its creation by avowed Batman fanboy and amateur car customizer Robinson. The interviews with its restorers and prior owners show why it's special— and why it was expected to bring in a lot more cash at auction.
Moreover, it's a proper early 1960s hot rod in many respects, packing a Olds Rocket V8 on a 1956 Olds 88 frame.
It was built by Robinson as a private venture, the only car he's known for, and was restored after being abandoned for decades—an expensive proposition. No word on whether the seller recouped their investment, but it's a surprising snub for a genuine, unique Batmobile.