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December 1, 2012

Batmobile up for sale at classic car auction

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“I saw the script and it said, ‘Bang,’ ‘Pow,’ ‘Boom,’ “ Barris, now 87, said. “That’s exactly what I wanted the car to do. I wanted it to be as big a character as the actors.”

Since the television show ended in 1968, the Batmobile has been on display at Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood, Calif., in a gallery. Selling the car is bittersweet for Barris. It’s been his trademark for years. His cellphone’s ring tone is a familiar theme song: “Na na na na na … Batman.”

“It’s difficult to part with,” Barris said. “Whoever the lucky buyer is, I hope they have as much fun with it as I did.”

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