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The original 1966 Batmobile:


The Batmobile started out as a 1955 Lincoln Futura
which George Barris bought from Ford
in 1965 for a $1.

He then spent 15 days & $15,000 transforming
the concept car
into the one of a kind
Batmobile to be driven by
actor Adam West.

In 2013, the Batmoblile sold at the Barrett-Jackson
auction in Scottdale, Ariz., in January for a
final price of
$4.62 million, not including fees.

The Batmobile was completed in just 3 weeks,
at a reported cost of $30,000.
They used the primer-painted,
white-striped
car in October, 1965, for a network
presentation reel.

Shortly afterward, the car was painted gloss
 black with "fluorescent cerise" stripes. Barris
retained ownership of the car, estimated
 to be worth $125,000 in 1966 dollars,
leasing it to 20th Century Fox and Greenway
Productions for use in the series.
 When filming for the series began, several
problems
arose due to the car's age:
it overheated, the battery died,

and the expensive Mickey Thompson tires
repeatedly failed, so
he used 15" Firestone
tires.
By mid season,
the engine and transmission
were replaced with
those of a Ford Galaxie.
Specs:

Curb weight: 4500 lbs
Length: 226 in. - Width: 90 in. - Height: 48 in.
Fins: 84 in
Engine: Ford V-8 390


1969 Dodge Charger - ( General Lee )



The engine is a 440 c.i. Magnum V-8 rated at 375hp
with a top speed of 135 MPH, 0-60 in 5.4 sec.
225 c.i., 383 c.i. and 426 c.i. Hemis were also used.
It has a Chrysler Torqueflite A-727 Heavy
Duty Automatic transmission
  And B.F. Goodrich T/A radial tires

The Dukes of Hazard show used more than
300 Chargers were used during the production
of the series
due to all the jumps.

 1st Unit cars were standard Charger R/Ts
 prepared for close-up shots and still
photography with the actors.

The 2nd Unit cars were the workhorses
that did the jumps, two wheel driving, 180
degree turns and other stunts.

The turns were done thanks to over inflated
tires and a rigged handbrake.
The jumps were done in special cars that had
extra weight added to the rear, had reinforced
bodies and were equipped with NASCAR
 style fuel cells to prevent leaks and
possible accidents.



Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird
Trans Am “Bandit” Re-creation
:



A 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am owned by
Burt Reynolds that was customized to look
like the one he drove in “Smokey and The Bandit”
was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
auction in 2018 for $192,500.

It was a high price for a tribute car that
wasn’t even the same model year as the
black and gold Trans Am in the film, but
having been commissioned and owned by
Reynolds himself it came with a unique
cache, not to mention his signature on the
glove compartment door.
He had all of the fixings, including the
8.2-liter engine tuned and fully customized
to bring power up from the original output
of 220 horsepower to a head-turning
600 horsepower.

 As far as the authentic 1977 “Bandit” car
from the movie, there were about 12 used
during filming and Reynolds said they
were all scrapped because they got so
beat up from all of the stunts.

There is one car, however, that didn’t
appear on screen but that Universal
Pictures took on tour to promote the film,
which was last sold in 2016 for $550,000.

The black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans
Am used in Smokey and the Bandit was
supposed to be a special edition of the
1977 model.
But the Trans Ams used in the film were
actually 1976 models, with the soon to
be released front ends from the
1977 model.



The Munster's Koach:


Designed and built by George Barris,
creator of the Batmobile.

The Koach was made from 3 Model T bodies
and is 18 feet long.
 The 133" frame was made by hand.

It has a four speed manual transmission
and a power rear end.
The brass radiator and fenders were
hand formed.
In 1964, the cost to build the first one
was $18,000.00.

It had "blood red" velvet interior.
It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate
rolled steel scrollwork.
It had Gloss Black Pearl paint.
The front end had a dropped axle,
split radius rods and T springs.

The studio gave George Barris 21 days
to complete the car.
 Powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine from
a 1966 Mustang GT.
Built with Jahns high compression pistons,
ten chrome plated Stromberg carburators,
an Isky cam, and had a set
of Bobby Barr racing headers.
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1963 Volkswagen Beetle ( Herbie )



In 2015, Herbie sold for
$126,500.00 at a Barrett Jackson auction.
Included with the car was a copy of a 1972 title listing
Walt Disney Productions as the owner, but the best clue
to the car’s authenticity and identity was found behind the
back seat. There, a bracket was once used to secure an
oil pump, used for comic effect to squirt oil on a traffic
director’s foot at the beginning of
'Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'.

The car has had a full
mechanical service. It is very fun and powerful, with an
1835cc engine and dual Kadron Solex carburetors.
This Herbie, identified by Disney as "5916," was the
"oil squirting" car. When found, it still had its original
bracket for the oil pump.



Knight Rider ( K.I.T.T. )



KITT, short for the "Knight Industries Two Thousand"

KITT is a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am,
(also created by George Barris)

had a V8, 5.0 liter, 145-horsepower engine
with an automatic transmission.

rear-wheel drive two-door coupe.

In the show's universe, the car cost an
estimated $11,400,000 to make, and the
imaginary specs the car had,
clearly show that.

It included special features such as a front
mounted scanner bar that allowed
KITT to 'see',
The engine in KITT was a
special "Knight Industries turbojet with

modified afterburners," and the transmission
was an "8 speed microprocessor

turbo drive with autopilot" (drive himself).
KITT could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in an
astounding 0.2 seconds with
power boosters,
while braking from 70 to 0 mph
only took 14 feet.


KITT's voice was played by
actor William Daniels.


In the TV show, Knight Rider, KITT was a
bulletproof tool of justice
piloted by
Michael Knight, the role that blessed the
world with David Hasselhoff.

KITT was loaded with advanced crime-fighting
features, such as auto-pilot,
a turbo boost which
essentially acted as a jump button, and a
pursuit mode,
which gave KITT the
ability to reach 300 mph.




1976 Ford Gran
Torino - (
Starsky and Hutch )



Starsky & Hutch was a TV series that aired from 1975 to 1979
on ABC.The series followed two detectives, named David
Michael Starsky and Kenneth Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson,
as they hunted criminals on the neon-lit streets of Bay City, a
fictional city in Southern California.Their radio handle was
"ZEBRA-3" and their street car was an eye catching
tomato red, with a wide white stripe and was
nicknamed the “Striped Tomato,"

Between 1975 and 1979 about 10 Ford Gran Torinos
were used on the set of Starsky & Hutch.
The cars were modified for stunt
purposes with air suspension, five slot mag
wheels and oversized tires sometimes even
mounting a camera on the roof of
the Torino.
Starsky actor, Paul Glaser drove the car for regular
driving scenes, but stunt scenes and car chases
were always done by a stunt driver.

Stunt cars, camera cars, tow cars, dolly cars, and
cars used for "beauty" shots varied in model
year from 1974 to 1976 Ford
Torinos, since the body style of the
Gran Torino was unchanged.

In 1976 Ford introduced a very limited edition of
1,000 Starsky and Hutch replicas
of the Gran Torino.

The lead characters of Starsky & Hutch were
actually based on real life officers named
Lou Telano and John Sepe.
Telano and Sepe operated on the streets
of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s,
and were known for their unorthodox undercover
work and inventive ways of gathering
data on their suspects.




In the humor Dept:

The Flintstone's Car

Yabba Dabba Doo!
The Flintstone's RockWagon Footmobile from

Bedrock, is 100 % manual, powered by foot.
This Bedrock vehicle has No power steering,
No air conditioning,
No heater, No engine,
and No floor.
It is built from wood and stone,
and the two wheels (rollers) were built
with
granite.

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