It Started with a Kiss (1959), starring Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mother), and the 1955 Lincoln Futura.

Synopsis: Air Force Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick (Ford) meets and marries a beautiful model, Maggie Putnam (Reynolds), on the eve of being shipped off to Spain. When the new Mrs. Fitzpatrick waits to join her husband, she promises him in a letter “the most wonderful surprise that could happen to two people.” Joe naturally assumes that she’s pregnant, but the surprise turns out to be a fabulous new car, a 1955 Lincoln Futura, that he won in a raffle. His new bride and car win him the scorn and jealousy of Spain’s most famous toreador, not to mention the suspicions of his commanding officer. (IMDb)

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The Lincoln Futura was a concept car designed for Lincoln by Ford Motor Company lead stylists Bill Schmidt and John Najjar and built by Ghia entirely by hand in Turin, Italy, at a cost of $250,000. It displayed on the auto show circuit in 1955, and in 1966 the car was modified by George Barris into the Batmobile for the 1966 TV series Batman. The Futura was powered by a 368 cubic inch Lincoln engine and powertrain; the chassis was that of a Lincoln Mark II. (Wikipedia)

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The Futura in its original pearlescent white color, using ground pearl to achieve the paint effect. The car was painted red for the film, as the pearlescent white did not film well.

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The Futura, as it looked when Barris obtained it to transform it into the Batmobile.

In the 1990s, Bob Butts (with George Barris’ consent) made replicas of the Batmobiles. He took one of the Barris-built replica Batmobiles and made a mold of it. Based on pictures from when the Futura was shown in the 1950s, he reskinned an existing Batmobile replica back into a Lincoln Futura replica. He only created one copy.

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Bob Butts’ replica, photographed in 2009. (Jalopy Journal)