Lincoln Futura Concept Car and Designer William M. Schmidt at the Chicago Auto Show, 1955

Summary

The Lincoln Futura, designed by William M. Schmidt, was a sensation at 1955 auto shows. The concept car boasted push-button transmission controls, a 300-horsepower V-8 engine, and a double-dome canopy roof. Hollywood customizer George Barris bought the Futura from Ford in 1959 and, a few years later, turned it into the Batmobile for the 1966-1968 Batman television series.

The Lincoln Futura, designed by William M. Schmidt, was a sensation at 1955 auto shows. The concept car boasted push-button transmission controls, a 300-horsepower V-8 engine, and a double-dome canopy roof. Hollywood customizer George Barris bought the Futura from Ford in 1959 and, a few years later, turned it into the Batmobile for the 1966-1968 Batman television series.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1955

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

William M. Schmidt Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.106214.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 7.5 in

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