Classic TV Batmobile headed to auction block at Florida’s premier classic car event

February 08, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – The Batmobile offered at RM’s Florida Collector Car Auction is one the most instantly recognizable vehicles in the world and still commands attention after 40 years in show business. This classic crime fighting machine made famous in the 1960’s Batman television series is one of over 400 classic vehicles being offered at Florida’s premier classic car auction to be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center February 9-11, 2007.

The Batmobile offered here is a continuation model of the original sixties model that George Barris built from the 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car. Handcrafted features include flashing lights, drag chutes, machined main exhaust port, cockpit domes, interior switches, gadget buttons, full gauges, Batphone and Batscanner. The fiberglass body was crafted from molds taken from the original Bat 1 car. Built for function and performance, the chassis is a 1979 Lincoln Continental with a 400ci V8, making the car comfortable and reliable for everyday use.

The three-day weekend event is expected to draw over 20,000 car collectors and enthusiasts from across North America to Fort Lauderdale.

Other significant collector cars offered at this event include:
· 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial – one of two surviving examples, offered “without reserve”
· 1956 Packard Carribean Convertible – full restoration by Packard specialists
· 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Big Tank Coupe - one of only 63 built
· 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible – rare Candy Apple Red, 428 cu in big block, 4 speed
The Florida Collector Car Auction opens with a public preview beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2007 and continues through the weekend. The auction begins on Friday, February 9 at 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10 from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday, February 11 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. The auction will take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Admission to the sale is $15.00 for a day pass and $25.00 for a weekend pass. A complete list of vehicles offered can be found at:

Following the Florida Collector Car Auction, RM Auctions will host a significant sale of nearly 100 of the world’s rarest and most desirable collector cars at the “Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island” event, on March 10, 2006 at the elegant Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Amelia Island, located just north of Jacksonville, Florida.

Celebrating nearly 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles. Renown for setting international records, RM has recently established offices in the U.K. to provide services for clients in Europe and Asia. In 2006, RM Restorations won the unprecedented "triple crown" for receiving “Best of Show” honors for the world’s top three international collector car events - the Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc. and this event, contact Terrance D. Lobzun (818) 703-2813 or visit: or call toll-free: (800) 211-4371

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