I’m just going to post the photos and seller’s description from this eBay listing and let people say what they want. I just don’t have the words . . .
“This C4 Futura custom was built by Batrodz in Long Island New York, Batrodz is known for building some of the best C4 based Gotham Roadsters on the road today. Feel free to call or text Jim at Batrodz directly with any question etc, 631-905-3848. If you are looking for something unique then this is it…. This car build is gaining quite a bit of publicity, it is currently being featured on CarBuzz, Car News and Street Muscle magazine. This is the only Futura hotrod ever built using the design elements of the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, the 1966 Barris Batmobile and the C4 Corvette to create a hybrid style hot rod. The1955 Futura C4 custom AKA hot rod Lincoln is a fully functional driver quality car, the almost 20′ long fiberglass body is built on top of a stretched 1987 Corvette convertible with 77,000 original miles that had a clean title and carfax. Granted this is not a completely accurate concourse quality show car in any way and it was not intended to be…”
“This car was built to be more of a muscle car with the sole purpose of being used and enjoyed for local car shows, parades, cruise nights, or just weekend cruising. Currently on the road titled, registered and insured as a 1987 green corvette convertible. The ’55 C4 futura is loaded with options, power rack & pinion steering, 5.7 L98 engine (converted to carburetor) 4 speed automatic transmission, 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, Heat, A/C ( converted to R134) tilt & telescopic steering, full digital instrumentation, power seats, power lift actuators for the hood & trunk, aluminum 15 gallon fuel cell with sender for factory dash gage, edlebrock electric fuel pump, LED fog lights, LED headlights, taillights, park lights, interior lights, rear view camera, media center with fold out touch screen, av input, bluetooth etc. etc.”
“This car runs and drives very well for a 35 year old corvette. The almost 3′ stretch to the corvette chassis has made the ride much better than a factory corvette, however the ride is still firm, the extended wheelbase has also improved the handling and cornering, not to mention the stance much lower to the ground and more streamline. (being lower to the ground could be a problem with speed bumps and loading on and off steep trailers inclines. All these types of cars are not 100% street legal due to the absence of marker lights, windshield wipers and DOT approved glass. Please check you state and local laws if this concerns you. This Car is not California emissions compliant. If you have any questions want more pix or videos or if you want to schedule a pre purchase inspection and/or appraisal please feel free to contact me. Thank you for looking! NOTE: buyer is responsible for any and all transport arrangements and costs.”
1955 Lincoln Futura Morphs Into The Original Batmobile
CC Case Law: The Lincoln Futura, The Batmobile, and The Building of Character
This is a riot, but I am not interested. Thanks for the laughs this morning. Wait, maybe I should buy it. I can ride around, at my age, in front of seniors’ centers and pick up old ladies. We can go to Burger King for an afternoon.
It’s always a bit unexpected when a Ferrari owner opts for a color other than red, but a Batmobile in mint green easily tops that for least obvious choice of color.
This is sure to be a hit at every St. Patrick’s Day parade. Or as a great promo when McDonalds occasionally brings back the Shamrock Shake. Because it’s in mint condition, of course.
Bad jokes aside, this is one car color that I would be very tempted to pass on no matter how attractive a car’s price or condition might be. All I can think of is the tuxedo I had to wear for my cousin’s wedding in the mid 70s.
I would have figured a Corvette chassis would be too narrow for a proper Batmobile, but apparently not – unless this car is narrowed a bit too. There was a company in Indiana that was making really faithful Batmobile replicas, but it put them on FoMoCo Panther chassis (I can’t recall which wheelbase – I think it was the Town Car’s). But I think they have been out of business for quite awhile now.
We’d all appreciate seeing pictures of that wedding!
I don’t see the point of this ,,, but at least it is NOT black.
Really? Just show up at a car show and watch the crowds check it out.
Awful lot of money to strut around going “Yup, it’s mine!” to people who don’t care who owns it, though, don’tchya think?
I do like green cars, but I have to say that I’m 100% with J P on this one reminding me of the Shamrock Shake. Or Mylanta.
I’m just imagining a mint green Batman jumping into this thing. But what contrasting color would Robin wear? All white with mint green accents?
The square-o-matic Corvette interior really is the crowning touch. What a stupendous monument to bad taste. I love it but at $85k I’ll pass.
“some of the best C4 based Gotham Roadsters on the road today”
A) Not THE best? That’s faint praise.
B) There are other C5 based Gotham Roadsters?
All that aside, I am from the Batman TV show generation and I like it, color and all. It’s got zap.
It looks like a scale model that someone has done some fancy forced perspective camera work on to make it look full-sized. Not very well-detailed at all, and not worth that kind of money!
I agree. It’s the silver instead of chrome that does it in.
I like this. Not for $85 large, but I like it. There are worse things to base a custom off of than a C4. A few of the minor exterior details are wonky, and mint green wouldn’t be my first choice of color, but that shade is very ’66 circa the Batman TV series.
I’ve got it! It’s what Batman would have driven in 1966 if he’d joined the National Park Service instead of doing the caped crusader thing fighting supervillains.
Excellent observation! You also happened to chose a Ranger that looked like Corey Wells, one of the vocalists for Three Dog Night.
Mama Told Me Not To Come.
The high cost and the weird color aside, in a way, I kinda like it.
BUT…. I must ask…
“The ’55 C4 futura is loaded with options, power rack & pinion steering, 5.7 L98 engine (converted to carburetor)…….”
Why would you take a perfectly fine fuel-injected engine and convert it to a carburetor?”
This makes no sense to me. Seems backwards, technology-wise. It would be like converting you disc brake car back to one with drum brakes.
Forget the My Cousin Vinnie Mint Green color selection…
Forget the questionable wheelbase stretch (where did you get an additional THREE feet to add to a C4 aluminum backbone chassis?)…
Forget the “not a completely accurate concourse [SIC] quality show car” confession…
$85 grand for a vehicle that can never pass state inspection and be driven on any public highway, and will never appreciate in value, ever? Crackpipe.
Agreed, 100% crackpipe.
Irony: When this post first displayed for me, directly underneath was an advertisement for California avocados, shown in their similar green!
Holy guacamole, Batman! 😉
I would love to see someone do an accurate replica of the Lincoln Futura (one of my three favorite show cars from my childhood, the other two being the Pontiac Club de Mer and the Chevrolet Biscayne), but this definitely is not it. The exaggerated angles just kill the car for me.
No thank you.
I believe the folks from the TV Show Car Masters – Rust to Riches, did just that, going so far as to getting one of the two fiberglass replicas made from the original mold, and adding an authentic 50’s sound mike on the rear deck. It was built in their shop, called ironically enough, Gotham Garage.
This would attract tons of attention at any car show, or at any venue. Expensive, but why not?
Rear view camera, media center with fold out touch screen, av input, bluetooth (…digital dashboard, childish pretense at LED lights, etc…) and yet converted to carburetor: that spells h-a-l-f-a-s-s-e-d to me.
Exactly, but electric fuel pump though lol. I was under the impression that the TPI L98 was a pretty good unit. I do have a somewhat personal bias against carburetors. They just strike me (especially when trying to achieve emissions compliance) as a rube-Goldberg solution, and not a very good one at that.
Where is the fake jet tail cone?
Looks like something dredged up from the bottom of the sea.
For 85 big ones, it has to have the flames shooting out the back. Also the capacity to make barricades it encounters flip down for it to pass.
The rear is where they really dropped the ball. I can understand no fake jet tail cone since it’s a Futura replica, and not a Batmobile. But, man, did they screw up the bumper angle. I don’t think any Futura/Batmobile ever had that acute of an angle in the rear bumper. The other place that doesn’t fit is that blocky wart of a scoop on the hood. I don’t think it was necessary for any kind of air cleaner clearance so it’s just plain stupid, particularly since they didn’t open it up to at least make it ‘look’ halfway functional.
It’s too bad because the place where the C4 Corvette really works is the digital instrument cluster. It fits in perfectly with the whole futuristic ethos of the car. And at least they stuck with a stock C4 steering wheel, too, instead of a craptacular Grant aftermarket POS.
A real shame because, if not for these small details, it’s actually a pretty faithful Futura replica, something rarely seen.
There was that day the Joker stole the Batmobile…what did he do to taunt Batman? Oh, yeah, right….
That was the first model car I ever built when I was in 3rd grade. Well, not this one, but the real Futura and it was molded in a similar color.
Also, I am here to confess that I like that color. It looks to me to be very similar to 1981 Cadillac Princess Green. How do I know this? Because I used to own a ’35 Plymouth in that color. We bought the car as a work in progress and it was already painted. However, the paint job was not done properly so we had it resprayed in the same color in basecoat, clear coat. It looked gray at night and in bright sunshine washed out to almost white. We finished the project and drove it for several years before selling it. The current owner must agree with you guys because he is currently painting it red.
OK, there is my confession. By the way, my wife says no more pastel cars!
I was going to grumble about the off-brand RWL tires, but then I zoomed in. They’re Futura tires. Can’t say this guy doesn’t have a sense of humor.
Well I guess the climate change movement has made even Batman go green… I’ll see myself out…
the vents on each side of the rear plate are the same vents as in the cabinet kickplate in my kitchen.
Girls turned the color of an avocado
When he drove down the street in his… mint Futura
Seems everyone here doesn’t like my Futura. But that’s ok because everyone is entitled to their own option. Let’s see what some of you have built from scratch. No kits are available, scratch built. Just wanted to make something different. Like it or don’t makes no difference to me.
I liked it–I thought it was truly striking and neat. That’s why I posted it.
Thanks!!! It’s defiantly different. Has had multiple articles written about it already too. It confuses people that’s most of he fun.
I hope it does make a difference that some of us do like it Jim 🙂 I doubt I could build anything from scratch, and I have immense respect for anyone like you who has the ability and skill to build things, let alone something functional, drivable and finished at such a high level. Nicely done.
Thank you I appreciate that. It was fun to build something different and it’s a blast to drive
Reminds me of this:
Just because not all of us want it doesn’t mean it’s not really cool .
I’d certainly drive it and pay for the gas if I could, just for the fun .
JP, thanks for thinking of us. Fiberglass Freaks is still in business, and will be for three to five years, at least, fulfilling a backlog of car orders.