Was watching last night’s broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car auction on Speed channel. Saturday night of the nearly week long event is known as “Super Saturday,” as that is the night when the truly remarkable collector cars cross the auction block.
In the fifteen years I have been watching this auction, I have seen some amazing automobiles cross the stage, cars, boats, buses and trucks, but never have I seen a spectacle like the BatMobile auction. They had difficulty getting it on stage, as the throng of people hovering around it was massive.
This was the original, created by hot rod customizer legend George Barris in only a few weeks back in 1966 and this model has remained in his possession all this time. Created from a concept car by Lincoln, called the Futura, this car is more than iconic, it became the star of the campy television show with Adam West.
The gentleman that had the winning bid claims he will knock out a wall and park the BatMobile in his living room.
Congratulations to the entertaining George Barris for tying the record sale with the James Bond DB9 from a few years ago. George is a one of a kind character and he got so excited speaking to the audience that his dentures nearly popped out a few times.
One aspect of this auction that my brother and I always look for is how strong the money is for the cars in this auction and how it is an indicator for the economy. I am happy to report that the crowds were HUGE every day and night, enthusiasm was high and the money was exceptionally strong.
I would also like to mention that President W’s F-150 pickup truck, which he drove on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, was auctioned off for the Fisher House charity for $300,000 by Jay Leno.
If you didn’t see it, here is a fan posted video that doesn’t really do the event justice, but until a better video from the broadcast is available, a fair presentation can be found on the video.