No sale for replica Batmobile

An imitation Batmobile has failed to sell at auction after bidding fell just short of the reserve price of £40,000.

The car is a close replica of the original vehicle used in the classic 1960s Batman television series and belongs to property developer and car enthusiast Mark Perkins.

It comes with dashboard-mounted TV, rear parachute pod, bat phone and black-and-red livery, and is road legal with a valid MoT certificate and registration document.

Mr Perkins, from Ascot in Berkshire, said he was disappointed at the outcome of the sale at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, but added that he would continue donating it to exhibitions across the country.

"We just didn't have enough interest," he said. "No one really knew it was there, and so the passers-by were interested but not prepared to pay.

"We had bids of up to about £38,000 but it didn't quite match the reserve. I'm a bit disappointed, but it's not the end of the world."

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