The interior is still quite sharp, showing little wear and tear. The few obvious imperfections I noted are the cut Batphone cord, a missing interior door handle, and the parachute handle needed a repaint. Otherwise, you might think the car was only a year or two old.
The rear view of this car shows some wildly exaggerated angles! The third shot is a close up of the turbine exhaust port, showing an orange coil deep inside that lights to give an orange glow.
A striking side view, eh?
This side view makes the car look bent in the middle, but that is due to the fact that's it's actually two pictures that I attached after scanning. The seam is just forward of the rear canopy.
The Batmobile returns to it's climate-controlled garage to await it's next public appearance.
In the same garage, between the Batmobile and a Hummer sits the BatCycle and sidecar- also still in excellent shape.
The alternate story I've heard is that this Batmobile was built as the TV show died off and Barris had all four of his cars out doing the show car circuit. Someone else decided to get in on the popularity of the Batmobile... by building one of their own from a '58 Ford Thunderbird. This would not have been a major problem if they hadn't attempted to follow Barris' lead and have it appear at shows for a fee!!
Of course, Barris and DC Comics sued and won. Part of the settlement was that the builders of the replica turn it over to Mr. Barris....and since he was now it's rightful owner, it could now be called a 'Barris Batmobile'...and so Number 5 was born! The only officially-recognized, 'real' Batmobile NOT built by Barris Kustoms!
Whichever version turns out to be true, the fact is, this is probably the best Futura Batmobile George Barris ever owned.