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Airs Next: ABC at Friday 8:00 PM (60 min.)
Status: Ended    Premiered: September 9, 1966    Last Aired: April 7, 1967
Show Categories: Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure
"Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time.

This one-season show, produced by Irwin Allen, chronicled the adventures of two scientists, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Douglas Phillips. Both are working on Project TicToc, a government operation to perfect time travel. In the first episode, the impetuous Tony jumps through the untested portal and finds himself on the Titanic. Doug goes after him, and although they manage to escape before the ship goes down, the folks back home are never quite able to retrieve them.

So in each week's episode the two travellers are whisked from one setting to another (sometimes several times in the same episode) and have to survive pirates, Roman soldiers, battlefields, and the occasional invading silver-skinned alien, all while hoping the folks back at the Project find a way to get them back for good.



voyague to the bottom of the sea
I hate her!!! bitch!...               shut up!


ready to rock 'n roll...

the seaview is really rocking today!... Sir...

Let's go deeper admiral!

May be we should treat him for dinner admiral...

This is worst than an Alka-Seltzer, Captain...

What is she doing in here???

we all live in a yellow submarine...

bussiness as usual...


mission impossible

















Batmobile # #1 #2 #3 #4
Photos & Info The #1 page The #2 page The #3 page The #4 page
Date built October 1965 November 1966 November 1966 November 1966
Builder Barris Kustom City Barris Kustom City Barris Kustom City Barris Kustom City
Construction Steel Fiberglass Fiberglass Fiberglass
Chassis 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car 1965-1966 Ford Galaxie convertible 1965-1966 Ford Galaxie convertible 1965-66 Ford Galaxie convertible
Engine 390ci V-8 390ci V-8 390ci V-8 427ci V-8
Transmission Auto on the floor Auto on the floor Originally a manual 4spd & changed to an Auto on the floor Auto on the floor
Weight 5500 lb 3800 lb 3800 lb 3800 lb
Reason created 1966 Batman TV show Exhibition/Touring Exhibition/Touring Exhibition/Touring
Unique feature Originally built in 1954 Last replica that was owned by Barris Was missing its rear canopy for years Seen on the Batman TV show in '67
Hood Opens near canopy area Tilt-up front end Tilt-up front end Tilt-up front end
Trunk Yes None None None
Interior details Roll top dash Padded dash/sparse int. Padded dash/sparse int. Padded dash/sparse int.
Exterior door handles Yes None Yes, but non-operational Yes, but non-operational
Headlights Yes None Yes None
Beacon Cage design Conical Shaped Cylindrical with 8 vertical slats Cylindrical with 12 vertical slats Cylindrical with 12 vertical slats
Lights on Roll bar Originally Red/Red combo  Originally Red/Red combo Originally Yellow/Red combo Originally Red/Yellow combo
Current Location North Hollywood, CA Virginia Redmond, WA Southern, CA
Current Owner George Barris Dr. Dave Anderson The Pat Hart Collection Doug Jackson
Last sale price Original Owner Unknown $217,300 $217,000



Original photos of the replicas being built in 1966

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The #1

The #1 stripped, to be replicated


Michael "Gale" Black, center


Working on the center console


Michael "Gale" Black

Building the replicas

Michael "Gale" Black, left


"Tubs", back left; Jeff Cruz, back right


Jeff Cruz


Jeff Cruz, right


These 4 pics courtesy of Dusty Hayward


The original molds from the #1


The original molds from the #1


The original molds from the #1


 The Replicas --Questions & Answers

Why were replicas built? From the agreement dated August 15, 1966, "...all of the parties hereto are desirous of exhibiting to the public for profit vehicles copies from and representing exactly the aforesaid Batmobile...BARRIS is authorized to construct such copies of the Batmobile vehicle as FOX and GREENWAY may approve..."

How many replicas did Barris build in the sixties? Three

When were the 3 replicas built? In early November of 1966

Why did Barris build 3 replicas? From an original 1967 document, "The demand for bookings (car shows & appearances) has been greater...as we do not have enough cars and can not move them around the country quick enough to fill all the requests.  Naturally, another car would bring more income which would be beneficial..."  

1967 ad     1967 Program     May 1967 ad     1967

Listen Now  to hear audio of the Batmobile at the Motor City Dragway in 1967

Were the cars identical? No, each one was unique in its own way.  "Such copies of the Batmobile shall be faithful reproductions as to the quality  and design of the Batmobile currently used  by FOX and GREENWAY."  The "Dragster" did have a larger engine, a bigger tire & rim combination and four small holes on each side of the rear canopy (to prevent the canopy from blowing out).  It also shot flames from the turbine exhaust.  Also, replica #2 & 4 did not have headlights while #3 did.

How were they created?  Fiberglass molds were pulled from the original Batmobile and used to create numbers 2-4.  A 1965-66 Ford Galaxie convertible frame and suspension were extended 11 inches to handle the new replicas .  

Same type of Galaxie used to create the replica Batmobiles

Were any of the replicas used on the Batman TV show or movie? Yes, there is new evidence that a replica was used on the TV show.  It was seen during "The Contaminated Cowl" episode airing January 4th & 5th in 1967.  The key to spotting the replica is the cylindrical beacon cage and the different arch light colors.  Red/yellow pattern on the replica versus red/red on the #1.  The replica is believed to be the #4 car.  See the group of screen captures below from the episode.  The replica is pictured on the left & the #1 is on the right.

Replica photos    The #1 Batmobile

How were the Batmobile's brought to the different events in the 60's? By the Ford Bat-wagon and the Bat-trailers. 

  Bat-wagon and trailer

Why was there writing placed on the front fenders? From the agreement dated August 15, 1966, "BARRIS agrees to affix permanently upon each vehicle produced hereunder appropriate copyright and trademark notices and supplied by NATIONAL PERIODICALS in the following form..."

What does it say on the lower front fender? Lower front fender

"Batmobile"--The Barris Kustom Insignia--"Powered by..." The Ford Oval Insignia--"Greenway Productions...Mr. W. Dozier"--"Filmed at "20th" Century T.V."--"National Periodicals Inc. "67"--"Design Patent...George Barris"--"ABC-Television...Batman"

Why were  some of the replicas flocked or painted a flat black? Legend has it that "Bat fuzz" was painted on some of the replicas to hide stress cracks in the fiberglass.  But according to Dick Dean, "One of the replicas was flocked because it came out of the mold in bad shape.  So we called it Bat Fuzz."  Some of the Batmobile's were flocked in the early 70's.

For more information on the replicas read my exclusive interviews with Dick Dean and Michael Gale Black


Vintage Touring sign Sign from 1974 #4 Sign Sign used by Barris when he had a replica on display
Original touring signs for the Barris replicas



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