1955 Lincoln Futura: The '66 Batmobile's Secret Identity

Left: Adam West as Batman in the Batmobile, 1966. Right: The 1955 Lincoln Futura on display in a publicity photo. Sources: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images; Ford Motor Company

The 1955 Lincoln Futura was a one-off, a concept car that demonstrated Ford Motor Company's space-age imagination. And in a way, it did come from the future. A decade later, the Futura became the most famous car on TV as the Batmobile, driven by Adam West's not-so-Dark Knight on the campy Batman series. Indeed, the Lincoln Futura is better known as the Batmobile than it ever was as the Futura.