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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.

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