January 12, 1966 marked the debut of the TV series BATMAN and gave birth to the most widely recognized, popular, and fan-requested version of the Batmobile.
The stories of how George Barris purchased the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car (for a $1) from a dust-bin and created a pop culture monster in three weeks are widely-known and oft-repeated. Suffice to say there exists a generation of Batmaniacs who identify more with the TV car than any other edition of the Batmobile.
It's a unique car in it's garage, the first to add Cerise (fluroescent, no less) to the Batman palette (a brilliant innovation that would only work on film, in our opinion) and flooded Batculture with the influence of gadgetry mania.
Part of the lore of this car is that designer Dean Jeffries was first offered the job, but turned it down due to the time constraints. Dean reportedly started with a 1959 Cadillac, although I've seen nary a concept sketch for proof.
The '66 Batmobile started my childhood obsession with this beautiful monster and in celebration, I grabbed a POLAR LIGHTS snap 1/25 model. As you can see, they got it spot on.
Happy Birthday, old man. I think your parents are very proud. Without you, Batman would have spent a lot of time doing this: