(7th Avenue & 37th Street, Manhattan, Halloween Day.)
“Holy hole in the oil pan, Batman!”
Seeing this begs the question: How many of these have been created over the years?
Since seeing one in Branson back in July (for sale), I’ve now seen one advertised elsewhere plus this one in Manhattan. The odds of it being the same one can’t be that great.
However, I can’t imagine the weight distribution on this rollback being real great!
Typical Ford product….. =8-) .
I don’t recall how many were made by Barris but some were non runners for static shots and in the 1970’s one was given away in a radio contest ~ I bet that one got scrapped in short order dammit .
Barris made one steelie directly from the Futura and three fibreglass cars. All were runners, the steelie was used for the majority of the shooting, the others were mainly for show (one was a drag car) built over Galaxie 427s. An extra car was actually an illegal replica that Barris managed to get into his possession. Though you could tell the difference, it was so well made that he apparently used it as one of his show cars (below).
The execution of that replica reminds me of the execution of the more recent retro cars, nearly passable at a glance, but stubby and gross when you stare at it long enough.
Yep. We’re so used to the Barrismobile after 40-odd years of exposure we can spot a ‘fake’ at a glance, but back then it was still so fresh (IIRC the TV show only lasted 2 or 3 years) that Barris was able to get away with using this one for show duties.
There is a company in Logansport Indiana called Fiberglass Freaks. Their deal is making officially licensed Batmobile replicas. Anyone with six figures of spare cash can buy one. I need to go up there and check them out some time. https://buybatparts.com/cms/
I suspect that there are others who make these too. I have seen at least one in Indianapolis (two different occasions, but possibly the same car).
Built on a Lincoln Town Car chassis with a 355 cid GM crate engine, a GM transmission, and a 9″ Ford rear end. Starting at only $125k? My, oh my.
I recall reading somewhere that these are built on a pre-1980 Lincoln chassis. Size matters.
The door on that ramp truck reads “Penguin Towing Service.” I suspect that something is amiss here.
Riddler Repo? 🙂
Definitely worth a few minutes of viewing time:
Holy Hubcap Batman! I thought that this was the introduction to GM deadly sin #548,219…
“Batmobile lost a wheel, and the Joker got away!”
I`m definitely not a ‘Batman’ fan, but the Barris Batmobile is the nicest one out of them ALL, especially those plug ugly ones from the feature-length films.
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