Lot S925 – Biloxi, 2017 Auction
This is an ARCHIVE listing, this car ran at our Biloxi, 2017 Auction
Lot S925 – 1956 OLDSMOBILE 88
- Year: 1956
- Make: OLDSMOBILE
- Status: N/A
- Mileage: N/A
- Exterior: BLACK
- Interior: N/A
- Transmission: N/A
- Cylinder: 324
In 1960 23yr old Forrest Robinson and his friend Len Perham began work on the "Batmobile" in the barn of the Robinson family farm in New England.
Car was built using the framework of a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 and a 324 Rocket engine.
Replacing the old body of the Oldsmobile with a custom designed fiberglass body.
The car design consisted of a dorsal fin in the back, bat-nose front-end and pocket sliding doors.
Completed in 1963 predating even the Lincoln that was used in the classic 1960's TV show, Robinson left it unpainted expect for a coat of white primer and had planned on building a glass-domed roof, but never got around to it due to being sent overseas by the Army.
Upon returning to the US in 1966, Batmania had taken over and the car drew interest from ALL Star Dairies and their affiliate Green Acres Ice Cream (a DC Comic licensee), leased it for a promotional campaign.
The car was painted in the official Batman colors badged with official Batman labels and toured the Eastern US as "Batman's Batmobile" until late 1966, around the time when replicas of the George Barris TV Batmobile were built and made available for touring.
Upon the return of the car to Robinson, he painted it a space age silver and continued to drive it around until he sold it in 1967.
In 2008, the car was discovered by Bobby Smith of Swanzey, NH and would change hands several times before in landed in the hands of the Toy Car Exchange LLC in 2013.
Toy Car Exchange LLC brought the car to expert car restorer Mario Borbon of Borbon Fabrications in Sacramento California.
Borbon restored the car to pristine condition, retaining the original frame, parts and egine in a year long process.
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