ATOMIC BATTERIES TO POWER, TURBINES TO SPEED! The false cave wall opens, and out from behind hanging foliage races the Batmobile, with a quick jog to the right, then to the left, over the fold-down striped road barrier, and blasting down a dirt road past a sign that reads, “Gotham City 14 miles.” One of the most iconic cars from any TV show is the 1960s Batmobile built by famed car customizer George Barris (he also built the Munster Coach, the Beverly Hillbillies truck, and the Monkeemobile). The original Batmobile was built for the television show Batman and Robin in 1966 from a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car that Barris had purchased for $1. After the series ended, Barris kept the Batmobile, but subsequently sold it at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction for $4.62 million.
Our feature recreation of the 1960s Batmobile was constructed for the owner in 2021. It rides on a modified 1992 Chevy Corvette chassis. Power comes from a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 backed by a 4L80 four-speed automatic transmission. It is finished in traditional Batmobile black with red trim and graphics over black vinyl upholstery. The cockpit features twin Plexiglas open bubble canopies to allow the Dynamic Duo easier entry and exit. The canopies are separated by an arching bar that is home to flashing lights and a bar for initiating a Bat Turn. At the rear of the Batmobile is a gas-fueled flame emitter (yes, it works), twin parachute bags, bat-wing tail fins, and a trio polished vertical stacks. On either door are stylized white-outlined red bats, and the five-spoke polished aluminum wheels are topped with the requisite Bat Spinners. Stopping duties are handled by four-wheel disc brakes.
Inside the Batmobile are two different screens for controlling the Holley fuel injection system and a touchscreen for the Power Acoustik infotainment system. Other features include black vinyl-upholstered bucket seats, CROW multi-point shoulder harnesses, a fire extinguisher with Bat logo, and prop items like a Bat Phone, Bat-Scope control panel, Bat-Ray protector (your guess is as good as mine), anti-theft activator, and homing receiver scope. The Batmobile wears an assigned VIN that seems to have come from the Corvette donor car.