8 Of The Best Batmobile Inspired Cars
That Will Stir The Superhero In You
Including one family-friendly option
by Bill Flitter
The likely first impression of the batmobile you have is from the 1960s TV show Batman. If you’re like me, you probably remember watching the repeats after school and before doing your homework.
The original batmobile was made in October 1965 (though it’s known as the ‘66 batmobile). The vision was to transform a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the iconic batmobile according 1966batmobile.com. At the time, it cost $30,000 to turn the Futura into the batmobile. The Futura was sold to George Barris—the designer of the batmobile along with Eddie Graves from 20th Century Fox—for $1. The reason for the low price of $1 was because Ford owed Barris money for building and storing the $250K Futura concept car. By the end of 1966, the car was worth $125,000.
In 1966, George Barris was paid $5,000 to display the Batmobile at various car shows.
Batmobile Inspired Cars That Will Make You Say 'Holy Alter Ego'
The 2016 batmobile looks just a bit different than the car used in the campy 60s show. Looking more like a military vehicle than anything else, the latest iteration of the car certainly is fearsome.
But, what about cars that look like the batmobile?
You know, just in case you’re thinking about buying a sleek, modern, fast car that could potentially help you fight crime? In that case, you might turn towards Nissan. The Japanese automaker is treating the BladeGlider as more than just a prototype, it’s the direction Nissan wants to go with its zero emission electric vehicle (EV) development.
If you’re ready to buy a real life pseudo batmobile now and have approximately $140,000 to spend on a car, how about the BMW i8? This is a car you can research on Carjojo right now. This baby goes 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds, gets 76 MPG, and up to 330 miles of total range. That’s right, the BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid with an electric engine.
Going back in time, you might have considered the 1970 Pontiac Firebird. This car competed with the Ford Mustang, and based on looks alone, this car was fierce. The Firebird was designed as a pony car and came out the same year as the Chevy Camaro in 1967 (Firebirds were made between 1967 and 2002). The grill of the car looks very similar to the ‘66 batmobile.
Next is the Lamborghini Ankonian. This car purposely resembles the Lamborghini Reventon and, of course, by Christopher Nolan’s 2012 version of Batman, The Dark Knight Rises. The Ankonian is purely a concept car—you won’t find it on the Lamborghini site.
The 'Family-Friendly' Batmobile
Well, a bat-inspired car is not quite practical for running errands or taking the scout troop to the jamboree. What’s a regular superhero to do? One of the most iconic TV and movie cars continues to inspire designers even today. If none of the above fit your budget, how about the Hyundai Genesis? At least it’s black and sleek looking!
Over to You
So, which batmobile are you looking to buy? Have suggestions on batmobile inspired cars? Let us know in the comments.