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Seems Even $250,000 Can't Buy Batman's Bottom-Shelf Ride

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On: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 5:04PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Seems Even $250,000 Can't Buy Batman's Bottom-Shelf Ride

I’m not the best person to cover this—but you’re stuck with me so suck it up—but this Batmobile is TERRIBLE, and the fact that some sucker was willing to offer a cool quarter-mil for something that looks like it was cobbled together by a Hollywood prop shop filled with half-blind craftspeople who thought they were constructing a Cirque du Soleil stage prop is just…

*Whew.* Ok, now that that’s (somewhat) out of my system, let’s get back to this being the worst-looking Batmobile ever. [Yes, I know about that internally-lit one with MASSIVE fins, but at least that baby didn’t look like a busted-up and half-melted G.I. Joe Night Raven.]

Batmobiles start for me with the “Tumbler,” just as the films quite literally begin with Batman Begins (not least because there’s no CGI used on the latest Bat ride, even as it evolves in that continuing series, scale models or not).

But nobody’s selling those, so Auctions America had to make do…

Here’s there’s (entire) description:

1989 Batmobile Warner Brothers Car

“Lot No. 5149:This particular Batmobile received a more dependable, better performing new Chevy 350 cubic inch Target crate engine featuring Hedman headers, Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, and other performance upgrades that give it in excess of 200 horsepower. Please note this is being sold on Bill of Sale only.”

So it seems that putting this thing in your cave will cost significantly more than it should, seeing as its $1100 (at most) in engine and—at best—$100k in everything else. But when a seller’s “fishing” like this* (listing with an unreasonable reserve to see how high bidding will go, setting the idea of a market value for themselves rather than a commission for the auction company), only insane money might pry it from their fingers.

[*NOTE: This is educated speculation on my part, but I’m pretty damn educated.]

Anyhoo, you can peruse the Batmobile’s wiki page to at least see what this vehicle was supposed to be able to do, though there’s no mention of what equipment—prop or not—was to accompany this car if it had actually sold.

But Wikipedia alludes that: “Putsch Racing also created a V8 powered replica complete with retractable firing machine guns, automated canopy, internet, GPS, police/military scanner, etc... That car was also street registered in the United States.”

Big deal.

But here’s another snippet from Wikipedia’s exhaustive history: “The only actual turbine powered Batmobile in existence is a replica of the 1989 film car. It is powered by a military Boeing turboshaft engine driving the rear wheels through a 4 speed semi-automatic transmission and is street registered.”

Geez, just $250k+ for an actual jet-engined Batmobile? One that not only works but is somehow street legal?!? Now THAT I can see a quarter-mil paying for!

“Alfred! Bring the car around. And my suit. It doesn’t count as stealing if I’m just reclaiming one of my own cars, right?...”


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