The original Batmobile from the 1960s television series has sold for an astonishing $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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The original 1966 Batmobile is heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January.
The Batmobile is a legendary car, and has had many iterations over the years, all of which are being explored and exposed by Warner Bros. for an upcoming Batmobile documentary.
The Batmobile is an icon many of us dreamed about as children as we watched the caped crusader dash around Gotham City fighting evil doers and enforcing justice.
The newest iteration of the Batmobile, to be featured in this summer’s upcoming movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and its lead designer Andy Smith were out fighting for justice in their own way this week; charging a select group of people to see the new Batmobile in real life and donating the proceeds to cancer research.
What does Batman drive when the batmobile is in the shop? It turns out the caped crusader makes due with a Lamborghini to fight the forces of evil and pick up his dry cleaning.
An alert and amused driver caught Batman in action on video, as he took his black Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for a spin in Maryland. Later, another person took a picture of Batman having a tête-à-tête with some other crime fighters (no, it wasn’t with his fellow Super Friends, it was with the police). The officers stopped superhero because his license plate was missing.
You can watch the video of Batman cruising after the jump. Just be warned, there’s some rude language.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Don’t lie. You’ve always wondered what it would be like to watch different generation Batmobiles go at it in a good ‘ol classic drag race. The folks over at Super Power Beat Down made that a reality by taking the 1989 Batmobile and pitting it against its 1966 predecessor.
Obviously in the sake of entertainment, you shouldn’t hold much merit to the results. Especially since there’s some creative editing at the end for the slow-mo clip that reveals the winner. Nonetheless, the 1966 Batmobile was built off a C4 Chevrolet Corvette with an estimated 300 to 325 hp thanks to a fuel-injected small block, while the more recent ’89 is powered by a carbureted Chevy small block and has closer to 285 hp or so.
So who wins? And what more could you really ask for in a video clip? Cute girl for a host, a pair of Batmobiles burning rubber and well, the end result that is always entertaining.
Watch the Batmobiles fight it out after the break. Be warned that the end of the video may not be safe for work – it’s your obligatory girl in a bikini clip.
Built by Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing, this Batmobile replica is currently up for sale on eBay for $620,000. This one-off Batmobile replica features a 365-hp turbine engine that was taken from a decommissioned helicopter. In fact, it’s the world’s only actual turbine-powered Batmobile and now you’ll have a chance to own it yourself if your pockets are deep enough.
It features a lightweight custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independent suspension, disc brakes and a sequential shifter. Fuel choices include kerosene, diesel or Jet fuel and at 2,800-lbs, Putsch claims it has a power-to-weight ratio comparable to a Dodge Viper. Even more crazy is that the car is registered and insured for road use within the United States. The estimated top speed of this Batmobile is 165- to 180-mph.
The auction states that priority will be given to outright cash sales but trades would be considered. It’s definitely one unique project and even though the price tag is pretty steep, we reckon someone out there is interested in picking it up for their collection.
Check out a video of the Batmobile that’s for sale after the break.
GALLERY: Turbine-Powered Batmobile For Sale
Fans of the Batman movies or car enthusiasts in general, may be interested to know that the Tumbler, which debuted in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, has been spotted prowling the streets of Pittsburgh.
The latest addition to the franchise entitled ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has yet to be completed, and the production crew for the film have been spotted cruising around the streets of Pittsburgh with a collection of Tumblers. The Tumbler features an 8.7-liter Chevrolet V8, a truck axle in the rear and heavy duty Hoosier tires in the front. The rear off-road tires are supplied by Interco and the suspension components are derived Baja racing trucks. Overall, the design and development process took around nine months and cost several million dollars.
Check out the videos after the jump!
There’s more auction madness from Bonhams, but this time they’re flaunting their BMW love: the single-marque auction entitled “Power By BMW” will feature some rare historic BMW race cars and concepts, including the 1969 BMW/Bertone “Spicup” pictured above.
First introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, the Spicup was based on a shortened 2000 CS drivetrain with one of the company’s famous straight-sixes, sporting a jagged silver targa roof over period-appropriate garishly green paint. The Spicup was used as a daily driver in the Netherlands for 20 years before a full concours restoration, and has been shown at the BMW Museum in Munich as an interesting footnote to the wedge-shaped 70s.
Also up for auction at Bonhams will be a slew of legendary BMW racecars—a few CSL “Batmobiles” will be well-represented, as well as some pre-war 328s. Georg Meier’s BMW Kompressor motorcycle will also be there, the one that he rode to the first foreign victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1939.
As befitting their legendary status, the CSL Batmobile is expected to fetch at least 325,000 Euros when the auction occurs October 1st. The Spicup? Depending on the popularity of rarified 70s cheese wedges, it might make a pretty cool commuter vehicle. After all, it won’t be the first time in its illustrious life.
For the new Batman Live World Arena Tour theater production, which kicks off in Manchester, UK, on July 19, Formula 1 design legend Gordon Murray was tasked with creating a ‘Batmobile’ as a set prop.
It was a chance for Murray, who is probably best known for the McLaren F1, to bring out his inner child. During the unveiling in West London; Murray said that the car utilizes Formula 1 aerodynamics to maximize downforce and employs a new type of ‘breathable’ carbon fiber structure and sports ‘virtual’ wheels. “I wanted to give it life on stage, so I invented virtual wheels indicated by the LED ring of lights.”
Boasting tandem seating with retractable canopies, Murray says the idea behind it was “that it could be a real car of the future.” It’s also powered by a hydrogen fuel cell something that Murray said “all of our cars could have in 20 years time.”
For more info, including Murray’s comments at the car’s unveiling, click on the video below:
[Source: Daily Telegraph]