--
 
Renault's new Kadjar: Dare to live

Explore uncharted territory with the New Renault Kadjar. #DareToLive

Roadblocks in SA: 8 things to know

Can an officer search your car at a roadblock? Do you have the right to film the police? Do you know your rights?

It's no Joker: Batman's car is for sale

2012-11-30 07:42

EVILDOERS BEWARE! BATMOBILE ON THE PROWL: The original 1966 Batmobile makes for the perfect crime-fighting ride. Who wouldn't want to own it? (Thanks to the readers who acknowledged we posted the incorrect image)

LOS ANGELES, California - It's no Joker: Batman's car is for sale.

The original 1966 Batmobile is expected to go under the hammer on January 19 2013, the Barrett-Jackson auto auction house said Thursday.

The iconic vehicle, which was featured in the Batman TV series as well as the movie adaptation starring Adam West, is capable of a quick 180-degree "bat-turn" thanks to two rear-mounted parachutes, the auctioneers said.

'DEFIED THE ODDS'

"The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history and it has become a true icon that has been carried from generation to generation of Batmobiles to follow," Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said in a statement.

"This vehicle not only marks the significant Bat logo that sits on the middle of its door but a time in TV history where they defied the odds of making a car the real star of the show."

The Batmobile, a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car adapted by customiser Barris, has a Batphone, a Bat Eye Switch, Bat Smoke "and many other Bat gadgets", according to Barrett-Jackson.

The auction will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson has reportedly said it could fetch millions of dollars.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Inside Wheels24

AA: Effective policing key to curbing road carnage in SA

'Too many motorists simply ignore the rules,' says Automobile Association, calling for more effective traffic policing as an urgent step to addressing road carnage in South Africa.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.