Friday, May 2, 2014

1957 Lincoln Premiere

1957 Lincoln Premiere

1957 brought "Quadra-Lites" and tailfins to Lincoln. Also it brought the "pillarless" look to the four-door lineup. Except for nameplate and identidying script on the front fender, The Premiere was undistinguishable from the lower-priced Capri.

1957 Lincoln Premiere in Starmist White over Flamingo



1957 Lincoln Premiere 2 Door Hardtop With Continental Kit in Black over Flamingo Pink

1957 Lincoln Premiere Image

1957 Lincoln Premier 2dr hardtop, in Saturn Gold with a White Convertible top, and black and white interior

The 1957 Lincoln was an updated version of the all-new 1956 model, which itself was inspired by Ford's 1955 Futura show car.

For 1957, Lincoln sprouted blade-like rear fins and a novel Quadra-like headlamp system that featured regular lights plus smaller 'road' lights operated via a separate switch. The Quadra-Like system was Lincoln's response to several state legislatures which were threatening in 1956 to block the industry-wide adoption of quad headlamp systems.

The 1957 Lincoln Premiere featured a 368 cubic-inch, 300 horsepower V8. Standard safety features included a new padded dash, 'deep-dish' steering wheel and reinforced door latches. Safety belts were optional.

This Premiere Convertible is one of 3,675 built. It features the 'Multi-Luber' option, which allowed the driver to lubricate the front suspension at the touch of a button on the dashboard.
Original 1966 Batmobile Sets World Record

Original 1966 Batmobile Sets World Record  'Kustom Kar' Legend George Barris Parts with His Most Famous Creation After 47 Years 

The Original 1966 TV series Batmobile, one of the most recognized and popular pieces of entertainment history worldwide, sold for $4,620,000 and set the world record for the highest price ever fetched for a TV/Movie car, at the 42nd annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. The unique vehicle was offered as part of Barrett-Jackson's spectacular Salon Collection on January 19, 2013.

Barrett-Jackson decided to announce the news only after verifying the records. The previous record was held by the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in 'Goldfinger,' which sold for $4,608,500 in 2010, meaning that the Batmobile sold for $11,500 more. In fact, Barrett-Jackson is currently working with the Guinness Book of World Records to add the sale to their list. 'The 1966 Batmobile is a true piece of Americana and fans around the world were curious to see what it would sell for,' said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. 'We are so proud of the record it set, but more importantly, we couldn't be happier to help find a new home for such a significant and legendary piece of TV and movie history in front of a record crowd for a Saturday auction and the SPEED TV audience.'

At auction, the Batmobile rolled onto the stage bringing the crowd to its feet with loud applause when the car's creator, legendary customizer George Barris, stepped out. The bidding took off immediately, and as the numbers quickly rose, so did the reaction from the audience, reaching a mad rush as the bids soared into the multi-millions. Moments later, the car sold along with memorabilia from Barris' personal collection after an intense coin toss between two anxious bidders.

'The Batmobile revolutionized an entire custom industry that followed in its TV footsteps and you could tell that both Barrett-Jackson fans and Batman fans share an intense passion for this car,' said the company's President Steve Davis. 'It was an exciting sight to see such an exciting bidding war; definitely something we will remember for years to come. It was an honor for me to work directly with George, Joji, Jared and Brett Barris along with Barry Paster to consign this cultural icon.

'The original Batmobile started its life as the one and only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, which was designed and built by legendary customizer George Barris to become the original 1966 Batmobile in the live action TV series Batman, as well as the movie adaptation, starring Adam West. Still as striking as when it first came out of the paint shop, the original Batmobile was part of Barris' personal collection since he first bought it from the Ford Motor Company for a dollar in 1965. Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction marked the first time the car has ever been offered for sale to the public. The Batmobile still features a 390cid 1965 Ford Galaxy engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission. Gadgets include a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Detect-a-scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Automatic Tire Inflation Device, Remote Batcomputer, the Batphone, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, and many other Bat gadgets. If needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180° 'bat-turn' thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot Deist parachutes.In addition to being featured on various television and movie sets, the original Batmobile has been exhibited at numerous car shows and museums around the nation. The car is also exclusively featured in Christopher Nolan's Batmobile Documentary, which can be viewed as a bonus feature on The Dark Knight Rises DVD.The Batmobile becomes the second highest-selling vehicle ever at a Barrett-Jackson auction, behind Carroll Shelby's own 1966 Cobra Super Snake sold in 2007.

Source: Barrett-Jackson Auction