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Lot 812W
1966 Yamaha 'The Batcycle'
Batman, the original television series
ABC, 1966-1968
Sold for US$ 51,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
1966 Yamaha 'The Batcycle'
Batman, the original television series
ABC, 1966-1968
Hand built based on a 1966, 250 cc Yamaha YDS-3 (YM1), with elaborate cowling and batman decorative flares, with detachable sidecar.

Batman was created in 1939 by Bob Kane. In 1966, ABC produced the first Batman television series starring Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin. Originally airing twice a week it closely followed the comic book format with the Wednesday evening episode concluding with Batman and Robin in great peril from one of the shows many colorful villains (The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin, King Tut, Egghead and Catwoman) and the Thursday episode beginning with their escape from the jaws of death and eventual triumph over the foe de jour. This wonderfully campy show was an instant hit with the public, adults and children alike. After all it was the ‘60s, and there was a definite high-tech, space age sensibility to the gadgetry found in the bat cave.

The technology had a strong imprint on the program and the vehicles were a central part of the fun. The key pieces were the Barris-created Batmobile, the Kustomotive Batcycle, and the Batboat. When the show closed down, the Batmobile was returned to Barris, Kustomotive got the Batcycle, and the Batboat went to Glastron. This particular Batcycle is Hero #1 of 2 as identified by Bob Butts. The chain of provenance is as follows: Built in April 1966 by Richard Korkes and Daniel Dempski of Kustomotive, sold at Kruse Auction at Harrah’s Reno in 1985 to Bob Butts of Fantasy Cars of San Diego, then re-sold to the Hollywood Star Cars, Gatlinburg, Tenessee, purchased from the museum by the consignor.

This Batcycle comes with documentation and is identified by Butts as the #1 Hero, with a replica sidecar. Also included is a Luxe-Ryder custom motorcycle trailor, a futuristic design which compliments the Batcycle perfectly.

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  • Please note: 1966 Yamaha 'The Batcycle:' Also included is a Luxe-Ryder custom motorcycle trailor, a futuristic design which compliments the Batcycle perfectly.
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