1963 Batmobile exhibited Feb 2014 shortly after restoration with original builders daughters Karen and Darlene Robinson
The first car ever publicly toured as a Batmobile was built several years before the Barris Batmobile of the TV series. It was inspired by DC Comics and was created in 1960 and finished in 1963 by Forrest Robinson of Westmoreland, N.H. using a 1956 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 chassis powered by an Oldsmoblle Rocket 324 cubic inch engine and building a handmade custom body.
When Robinson completed his masterpiece in 1963, he left the car unpainted —a stunning piece of art-on-wheels was simply covered in a coat of white primer. Robinson had also planned to build a glass-domed roof on the car which he did not have a chance to complete as he was called overseas on an army assignment.
The car was initially used unpainted for a short time as a daily driver and then later leased by a DC Comic licensee (National Periodical publications then owner of DC Comics licensed the use of Batman characters including the Batmobile to various companies), painted in Batman Colors replete with official Batman decals, and toured as “Batman’s Batmobile” in several small towns on the East coast of the United States. It was used as part of an advertising program for All Star Dairy Products which had a Batman dessert product line
After the TV Batmobile by George Barris was created and replicas were made available for promotional events in late 1966, the first Batmobile was returned to Robinson. Robinson then removed the official Batman decals, repainted it in silver, and again used it as a daily driver for a short time and then sold it. After laying in a field in New Hampshire for almost five decades the very poorly preserved car was sold in 2008 and after going unrestored through a few owners was sold in February 2013.
“AS A YOUNG BOY, GROWING UP IN THE 1950’s I ENJOYED BATMAN COMICS AND SEEING DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE BATMOBILE. THIS HELPED SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION WHEN I DREW SKETCHES OF MY DREAM CAR THAT I STARTED BUILDING IN 1960 AND FINISHED IN 1963″ – FORREST ROBINSON
In 2008, the ’63 Batmobile was discovered by Bobby Smith of Swanzey, NH. The car then changed hands several times.
In February 2013, Toy Car Exchange LLC purchased the Batmobile and transported it to Borbon Fabrications in Sacramento, CA – a specialist in vintage car restorations. Restored to pristine condition, lovingly, in a painstaking, year-long process, retaining the original frame, parts, and engine, the Batmobile was given a second life.
Early in 2014, the long-forgotten ’63 Batmobile debuted at the renowned Sacramento Autorama, America’s longest running indoor car show. It won first prize in the hand built sports class, ahead of legendary classics such as the Shelby Cobra. In October of 2014, the car was invited to the prestigious Pasadena Car Classic show, where it was displayed together with three other Batmobiles.
Now YOU have the chance to own this piece of Automotive and Comic History!