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My other car is the Batmobile: Notes from Comic-Con 2013

Did you ever wonder if Batman had use for something more practical than the sports car based Batmobile? George Barris designed the original Batmobile from a 1955 Lincoln and now his grandson, Jared Barris, has designed a Batmobile of a different silhouette: A Batmobile truck.

This so-called "Crime Fighter" F-150 was created with Galpin Auto Sports in California and will be parked in front of the circular drive of the Marriott Marquis & Marina today, Thursday, July 18 from 9 to 11am for fan and media photo opportunities. The truck is for sale and uses a Ford F-150 as the base vehicle. The design was started by George Barris. George Barris also designed the Munster Koach, the car for the Beverly Hillbillies and KITT for Nightrider.

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The original Batmobile for the Adam West TV series is my favorite and earlier this year one of the cars used in the series sold at auction for $4.62 million. Last year six Batmobiles were on public display at Comic-Con.

For legal reasons, the Crime Fighter can't officially be called a Battruck or Bat Crusher or any other names you can think of, and it doesn't have a batbeam, automatic fire extinguisher or flame thrower, but it does look cool if you love Ford trucks.

The Marriott is located at 333 W. Harbor Drive in San Diego.

http://galpinautosports.com/2012/12/crime-fighter-f-150/

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/19/business/la-fi-autos-batmobile-sells-for-462-million-at-barrettjackson-auction-in-scottsdale-20130119

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