Classic Batmobile Gets Full-Scale Official Replicas

Classic Batmobile Gets Full-Scale Official Replicas

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You might not be able to actually be the Batman, but you can totally drive his car.

As nerdy cars go, the Batmobile from Adam West's time as the Caped Crusader in the 60's is probably one of the most recognizable, right up there with the DeLorean from Back to the Future and KITT from Knight Rider. And now, if you've got the cash, you can have an official, working replica of your very own.

DC Comics has granted Fiberglass Freaks the rights to make official replicas of the classic car. Each replica is a mixture of features you'd expect to find on a luxury car, like a high-end sound system and a built in DVD player, and wonderful details like a working flamethrower exhaust and custom made bat-spinners mounted on the wheels.

Each replica is built around the frame of a 1970's Lincoln town car that Fiberglass Freaks provides, and is a fully working vehicle besides being very accurate to the show. You'll need fairly deep pockets in order to get one though, as each replica costs $150,000 and only eight will be made each year.

Fiberglass Freaks' founder Mark Racop is considered to be one of the leading experts on the '66 Batmobile, and has been a fan of the car since he first saw it in 1967. His whole company built up around his desire to own a Batmobile of his very own, and he describes building them as a "passion."

Now, hands up anyone who isn't thinking "atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed."

Source: Gizmodo

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Would dearly love one of these. Bet it's not road-legal in the UK. I think the flame exhaust might be a stumbling block...

oh god, the theme keeps playing in my mind, make it stop, Please - make it stop!
*behaves erraticly like the marines in quake 2*

i did however think that the flamethrower exhaust was illegal, both in america and europe ?

if not, im going to tape some fireworks to my car and call em JATO´s..
that would be kinda neat tbh, especially if i could mount some form of release-mechanism that would allow me to.. ehm, ill.. work on this and you just go away and pretend you didint see anything..

please ?

Aw, when I saw the title I thought you were talking about the one from the 1989 movie. Although that would be a bit harder to replicate...

Anyways, this is still pretty cool.

Dun nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh BATMAN!

wow... if only I had the money...
Gotta say, I prefer the '89 batmobile better though

Sweet :) I saw one of these Batmobiles in a car museum (an awesome place it had KITT a BttF DeLorian, A-Team Van, and loads more) and they are sweet. Weren't they an actual car with only a little bit of modification (flame exhaust) rather than a total conversion like a lot of Batmobiles.

Wow o.o Thats pretty epic. Imagine the looks you might get driving that down the road!

thenumberthirteen:
Weren't they an actual car with only a little bit of modification (flame exhaust) rather than a total conversion like a lot of Batmobiles.

The original Barris Bamobile design is based off the 1955 Lincoln Futura - a concept car that never went into production, and cost $250,000 to make. Ford sold it to George Barris for $1, who then made quite possibly the most legendary vehicle of all time.

CaptainCrunch:

thenumberthirteen:
Weren't they an actual car with only a little bit of modification (flame exhaust) rather than a total conversion like a lot of Batmobiles.

The original Barris Bamobile design is based off the 1955 Lincoln Futura - a concept car that never went into production, and cost $250,000 to make. Ford sold it to George Barris for $1, who then made quite possibly the most legendary vehicle of all time.

That's it. I couldn't remember it's name.

If i hade the money i would so get one...Damn it.

It looks so awesome.

I just want to say, that in the CoD Jeep news article, I questioned why DC wouldnt let us have a batmobile.

FUCK YEAH! MY PRAYERS WERE ANSWER!!!

Start selling the new batmobile, please, thanks.

Quickly old chum, to the Batmobile!

I kinda picture the 50 or 60 year-old sugar daddy trying to pick up chicks with a car that looks like a large-scale toy.

I am the bat

do want

In my mind, whatever car I'm driving is the batmobile.

all I have to say is that whoever buys it may only blast the batman music. It would only make things that much more epic.

Why can't I shake the feeling that a working flamethrower exhaust thing on the back is just an accident waiting to happen?

CaptainCrunch:

thenumberthirteen:
Weren't they an actual car with only a little bit of modification (flame exhaust) rather than a total conversion like a lot of Batmobiles.

The original Barris Bamobile design is based off the 1955 Lincoln Futura - a concept car that never went into production, and cost $250,000 to make. Ford sold it to George Barris for $1, who then made quite possibly the most legendary vehicle of all time.

Bet Ford kicked themselves after that one!

OT: I'd rather have the Dark Knight Batmobile....... personally.

Or Adam West's because it has Bat-TV

I've always like the Michael Keaton batmobile most. The tumbler is awesome but would be hell getting around my town in.
Gotta admit though, that Adam West batmobile is pimpin.

it is gonna take a lot of modding but I think I can get the Lincoln Futura I have always wanted.

TimeLord:

CaptainCrunch:

thenumberthirteen:
Weren't they an actual car with only a little bit of modification (flame exhaust) rather than a total conversion like a lot of Batmobiles.

The original Barris Bamobile design is based off the 1955 Lincoln Futura - a concept car that never went into production, and cost $250,000 to make. Ford sold it to George Barris for $1, who then made quite possibly the most legendary vehicle of all time.

Bet Ford kicked themselves after that one!

OT: I'd rather have the Dark Knight Batmobile....... personally.

Or Adam West's because it has Bat-TV

Barris was already well known for making custom vehicles for film and television. Ford all but gave it to him because they knew he'd make something awesome with it. I know if I had the money, I'd be camped out waiting for one. I'm sure they look back on the deal as something to be proud of.

mjc0961:
Why can't I shake the feeling that a working flamethrower exhaust thing on the back is just an accident waiting to happen?

The safety issue regarding flamethrowers really breaks down to the difference between buying a professional flame thrower kit built to assure safety from people who know what they are doing and idiots who try to do it themselves. The latter of course being more likely to burn the house down or set their car on fire. When it comes to altering the flow of gasoline for such purposes its not ideal for weekend drunks who think they know everything about their car.

I want one... Can you imagine a better way to get to work than in a Batmobile?

Well, I should probably also arrive dressed as Batman.

"Hi, I'm Dr. Batman, I'll be your doctor today."

"Nurse... get me the Bat-scalpel."

That one football player that thought he was Batman should get this.

 

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