Friday, July 16, 2010

1956 Lincoln Premiere and the 1955 Lincoln Futura

Good luck trying to appear inconspicuous in your wisteria Lincoln, which was indeed the original color.

The proud owner stands next to his Premiere. He told a charming story of having to sell his first Premiere in the 1960s. Years later, wanting to restore another one, he found this one stored away in pieces. In the long process in rebuilding it, it was revealed by the serial number that this was the very car he'd sold decades before. His Lincoln had, at last, come home.

I felt privileged just to stand next to it.

I'm not sure if I've ever seen these two colors side by side, let alone in an engine compartment.

You can clearly see a resemblance to the 1955 Lincoln Futura, one of my very favorite concept cars, which was repainted red and appeared in the Debbie Reynolds/Glenn Ford movie, It Started with a Kiss.

After that it sat neglected until George Barris rescued it and restyled it into the original Batmobile.

In 1995, a friend and I paid a visit to George Barris' studio and here I am next to the the old girl herself.

Revell issued a 1/24 scale model of the Futura.


Guy Guyguy said...

The Batmobile is no longer at the Barris megaplex, since he just sold it at auction (1-19-13) for a modest markup over the $1 he paid for it before 'Batman'.

(that was a joke - 'modest markup' =$4.2 Million minus 50 years of care and storage.)

Scott Santoro said...

He made copies, so I wonder where those are.