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#21 lordairgtar

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:41 AM

 

Yes, Barris bought the rusted run down Futura for $!, it had been setting unused in his back lot for years.  I don't know about the real Munster Coach, but the real Dragula is hanging from the celing of the Hard Rock Cafe on the east coast. (New jersey ? Atlantic City?)

 

And as the Futura this car would have never sold for any where near four million dollars.

Funny, I thought the real Dragula was in the Volo museum in Illinois. Besides that, I think all of us know that the Batmobile is an iconic car. I do hope that someone removes the gewgaws that barris added, like the Barris emblem and the Ford emblem and all the goofy labels that were not on the car in the series.



#22 MachinistMark

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:59 AM

IF i had the money id get it and re restore it back to the futura, just to screw with barris fans.



#23 Craig Irwin

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

Funny, I thought the real Dragula was in the Volo museum in Illinois. Besides that, I think all of us know that the Batmobile is an iconic car. I do hope that someone removes the gewgaws that barris added, like the Barris emblem and the Ford emblem and all the goofy labels that were not on the car in the series.

 

Update, it WAS hanging from the celling of the PLANET HOLLYWOOD at Alantic City, which is now closed. It was restored in 2011 and is now at Volo.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:13 AM

All I could find quickly on the Munster Koach is that Barris sold it at auction in 1982, and had a reproduction built in 84. So if you've seen Barris with the "orignal" Munster Koach tn the last 28 years I've got so bad news for you...........



#25 JunkPile

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:24 AM

I'm with Pat on this one when it comes to the cars and the show


Edited by JunkPile, 20 January 2013 - 07:28 AM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

Looks like the crisis is not for everyone...



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

There are supposedly 12 copies of this car around.

One of them resides in Iowa. I've talked to the guy that built it and have pictures of it.

Barris has tried to buy it several times.

It was kind of funny to see it parked at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store.

AND Iowa plates!!



#28 Craig Irwin

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:17 AM

There are supposedly 12 copies of this car around.

One of them resides in Iowa. I've talked to the guy that built it and have pictures of it.

Barris has tried to buy it several times.

It was kind of funny to see it parked at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store.

AND Iowa plates!!

 

There are four builders of 66 Batmobile replicas, (one is officialy licensed by DC comics), one of which has built over 30 cars himself, another has built almost 20. add 6 or 7 people selling kits for homebuilders, and over 100 replicas is quite posible.

Barris still owns a fiberglass replica, I think it is the one that was used in the Back to the Batcave movie a few years ago. Barris has been traveling with this replica for years as the orignial was far too valuable to move around the country in a trailer. But in best Barris  tradition it is "the orignal" Batmobile when shown.



#29 Rob Hall

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:47 AM

There are supposedly 12 copies of this car around.

One of them resides in Iowa. I've talked to the guy that built it and have pictures of it.

Barris has tried to buy it several times.

It was kind of funny to see it parked at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store.

AND Iowa plates!!

There is/was one in Florida...a friend of mine from Belgium has ridden in it.


Edited by Rob Hall, 20 January 2013 - 08:47 AM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

Star's Cars in Gatlinberg, Tennessee has one. They also have tons of other awesome movie and TV cars. Fast and Furious Charger, Eclipse, Grand National, a General Lee, Gone in 60 Seconds GT500 Eleanor plus tons of others. If you're ever there it's a really cool place to check out.

#31 Harry P.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

With so many Batmobiles floating around, it's going to get harder and harder to figure out which one is the "real" one.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

Check out this replica built about 5 years ago. Also note the third from last name of the builders at the end.

 



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

Is it me or did Barris come across like a babbling old fool?

 

The man is self-promoter but I think he had his heyday about 45 years ago. The grandson was there to help Grandpa and get 15 minutes of fame.

 

I personally think the buyer paid about $4,000,000 too much for the car.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

I think $4.2 million is below its value. This is a cultural icon known to millions more people than the Bugattis, Ferraris and Mercedes classics that have been auctioned for multiples of that price. Here are the top auction prices paid for cars as of 2011. This doesn't include private transactions, such as the $35 million that Peter Mullin paid a couple of years ago for a Bugatti Atlantic to put in his California museum.

 

http://www.popularme...auction#slide-1


Edited by sjordan2, 20 January 2013 - 12:24 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

They said a lot of things right during the sale. That this car was a bigger star than Batman. That George Barris knew what it was worth.

 

This is the car that made me love cars. I couldn't wait to get one these cars to play with. When they came out in 1/25th scale (only scale that counts) I had to get one.

 

Oh them experts saying it was only worth $200,000 ate a full crow dinner today. LOL Mike Joy included


Edited by Monte's Motors, 20 January 2013 - 12:18 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:42 PM


Oh them experts saying it was only worth $200,000 ate a full crow dinner today. LOL Mike Joy included

 

A fiberglass replica, with no provenance , sold at a Florida auction (R&M) for $214.000 in 2008.


Edited by Craig Irwin, 20 January 2013 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

 

A fiberglass replica, with no providence, sold at a Florida auction (R&M) for $214.000 in 2008.

 

Provenance.

 

Providence is the capital of Rhode Island.  :D



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

Noted.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

 

The man is self-promoter but I think he had his heyday about 45 years ago. The grandson was there to help Grandpa and get 15 minutes of fame.

 

I personally think the buyer paid about $4,000,000 too much for the car.

 

People pay big money for things that you might not see the value in.

 

http://maineantiqued...ianvane1106.htm

 

That makes the Batmobile look like a veritable steal.

 

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:02 AM

Let's see.Sold for $4.2million.Less 8% seller commission of $336,000.Now you have to figure tax on the capital gain from the profit of $4,199,999.One of my model buddies makes most of his income now from selling things and he says the tax rate on the gains is 40 percent.So old Georgie's gonna net something less than $2 million.