Ah, cars and cinema: from DB9s to DeLoreans to the Jurassic Park Explorer, these larger than life vehicles draw the audience in with what could be possibly owned, were money not an object. One such example is, of course, the Batmobile.
Live action examples date back to the days of serial films in the 1940s, but the car found its iconic status with George Barris’ Lincoln Futura revamp in 1966, with its jet-age dual bubble canopies, various Bat-related paraphernalia, and “turbine jet” to propel the crime-fighting duo toward Gotham.
Years later, Tim Burton’s Batman films paired him with set designer Anton Furst to create the darker, more stage-like world found in both Batman and Batman Returns, as well as the new Batmobile, which used an Impala chassis stretched to a wheelbase of nearly 12 feet.
Ever since that first franchise reboot, fans have been trying to recreate that over-the-top superhero supercar. The one we have before you today, while done as a tribute to that Chevy-based monstrosity, uses a much more performance-minded C5 chassis and suspension, or so he claims on his Craigslist ad (or did, before he deleted it) If such is the case, it’s at least a sturdy piece; slamming on the throttle won’t get you an out-of-control Batcar, and per the seller, it drives–on the freeway?!–quite nicely with its LS1 engine.
And about that name – you’ll note that he carefully avoids the ‘-mobile’ suffix, referring to it as the hopefully-lawyer-proof “Batcar” instead. No need to get Warner Brothers all up in your bidness when you are just trying to sell your whip on Craigslist.
When all’s said and done though, it does sport an uncanny resemblance to the “real” thing, even going so far as to replicate the prominent metalwork that extends below the side panels, as well as the spinning turbine fan blades.
Unfortunately, the interior leaves much to be desired, as there’s none of the complicated HUD and radar instrumentation, nor the proper seat setup. Understandable, but still disappointing for a car that has everything going for it on the outside.
The car is located in Kingwood, a suburb of Houston, and the owner is demanding the princely sum of $125,000 for it. But what do you think? Does this machine have you saying “Holy labor of love, Batman!”? Or does it need to head to the Bat-scrapyard without a moment to lose? Leave your comments below.