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LOS ANGELES, CA, United States (UPI) -- The man who built the cars and trucks for generations of Hollywood movies is selling 80 of his icons, but will keep his all-time prize -- the Batmobile.

George Barris said Saturday`s auction in at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will take advantage of an auto market that has "gone ballistic."

"The way I figure it, the stock market stinks, real estate is just out of sight, so folks would rather put their money into something valuable that they can also enjoy," Barris told USA Today.

"My love for this nutty stuff keeps me coming in the office every day," said near-80-year-old custom carmaker who has been a Hollywood favorite since the 1960s.

The auction, which could easily bring in $4 million, includes the Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit" and the Model T from "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Barris will keep the Batmobile he created for the 1960s TV show.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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