1965 Batmobile sold at auction

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1960s Batmobile sold

LOS ANGELES — “Holy windfall, Batman!” The Batmobile just sold for $4.2 million.

The original black, 19-foot-long, bubble-topped car used in the 1960s Batman TV show sold at auction Saturday.

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., revealed the selling price but says the winning bidder has not been disclosed.

The car’s owner – auto customizer George Barris, of Los Angeles – transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the sleek crime-fighting machine in 1965. It boasted lasers and a Batphone and could lay down smoke screens and oil slicks.

The iconic car was used by Adam West, who starred as the Caped Crusader, and by Burt Ward, his sidekick, Robin.

Barris’ publicist says his client is pleased with the auction. The car had been expected to sell for between $500,000 and $2 million.

Honda recalls

TORRANCE, CALIF. — Honda says it’s recalling 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles because of a possible problem with their driver’s-side air bags.

Honda says that the air bags might have been assembled without some of the rivets needed to secure their cover.

That could keep them from deploying properly in the event of a crash and increase the possibility of injury.

No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.

The Pilot SUVs were made for the 2009 through 2013 model years, and the Odyssey minivans in question were made for the 2011 through 2013 model years.

Honda will notify owners by mail starting in mid-February.

The automaker says owners should take their vehicles to a dealer as soon as they receive notification.


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