Batboat up for auction as Brooklands lists 1966 Glastron V-174

One of the two original Batboats from the classic 1960s Batman TV series is going under the hammer with an estimate of £36,000-£42,000

Raise the Bat-Signal! A historic piece of TV memorabilia is going up for auction later this month, as one of the two original Batboats is heading to Brooklands.

The classic car auction house in Weybridge, Surrey is branching out into motor boats on Saturday 30 August, when this modified Glastron V-174 will go under the hammer.

Built in 1966 and kitted out for the classic Batman TV show, starring Adam West, this lot has an estimate of £36,000-£42,000.

As you might expect from a superhero’s sportscruiser, the Batboat has some unusual accessories, including a red flashing beacon, glowing eyes, fake Bazooka hatches, and a glowing Bat-Signal on the tail fin.

The creators of the show would have us believe that the Batboat was nuclear powered, but fortunately for its next owner the Glastron comes with a much more practical MerCruiser L-6 stern drive.

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The listing describes the 18-footer as “fully working and sea-worthy”, although we would advise fitting a stereo system so you can play the classic Batman theme tune on repeat: