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There are times when you realize that the Internet is a wonderful thing. Last night, when I stumbled across the impossibly cool site, BatmobileHistory.com, was one of them. Created and meticulously researched and maintained by Long Islander Bill Spencer, the site is the ultimate repository for all things Batmobile-related. The back story behind it is interesting: scale modeling is one of Spencer's hobbies (and boy, is he good at it) and he got the idea for the site as he researched a variety of Batmobile info for a project he was working on.

Every single Batmobile to ever appear in the comic books, television shows and feature films is given its own page and documented for readers. While we're all familiar with the screen cars, it's the comic versions that are the most diverse and interesting. The illustrated Batmobiles differ wildly depending on the era in which they were created and the personal tastes of the artist wielding the pencil.

They're a ton of fun to click through (a task made simple, as Spencer has every car listed chronologically and each car's page has a "Next Batmobile" link at the bottom), and I've pulled out some personal favorites as well as some that might be of particular interest to Autoblog readers.

Read on after the jump for the fanboy frenzy!

[Source: BatmobileHistory.com]

Batmobiles of Interest

1992 BTAS Batmobile
  • 1966 - The iconic, George Barris-designed, Lincoln Futura-based batmobile from the classic TV series. How many of you think of this car when the word "Batmobile" is uttered? Thought so.
  • 2005 - Alex Ross is a superb artist. His interpretation of the Batmobile is expectedly sublime.
  • 1944 - The first Batmobile ever to be featured on a cover, it is clearly a product of its era, but is as cool today as it must have been then.
  • 1987 - Batman drove a Pantera. Cool.
  • 2005 - Featured in Detective Comics #809, this one is obviously influenced by the Opel Speedster.
  • 2006 - From a poster that encouraged kids' reading. It's a stealth fighter on wheels. Awesome.
  • 1989 - The Anton Furst Batmobile from the Tim Burton films. Very impressive. For a different generation, this car is as iconic as the 1966 TV Batmobile.
  • 1993 - The Batmobile as envisioned by renowned artist Matt Wagner.
  • 1995 - From Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever film. This car and the subsequent Batman & Robin car are as busy and annoying as the stupid films they appear in.
  • 1992 - One of the very best. This art deco stunner is the car from the superb Batman: The Animated Series.
  • 2004 - This one actually appeared in a Teen Titans storyline in which Robin "steals" a Batmobile for a Titans mission. It's obviously based on the Mercedes CLK-GTR. It gets crashed.
  • 1997 - When Warner Bros. retooled and relaunched Batman: The Animated Series as The New Adventures of Batman & Robin, this sleek coupe became the new Batmobile.
  • 2005 - "The Tumbler" from the awsome Batman Begins film. While I loved it from the beginning, I never thought there was really anything bat-like about the Tumbler, which is more tank than car. After reading Spencer's page on it, I stand corrected. Click the link to see for yourselves.
1966 George Barris batmobile

This, believe it or not, is just a minuscule sampling of the Batmobiles chronicled at BatmobileHistory.com. Make sure you have some free time when you head over there for a visit. You'll probably be staying a while.


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      Scooter
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are two in Dallas Texas..Owned by Russ Martin, Afternoon drive talk show host... very cool!
      JOE GOWEN
      • 8 Years Ago
      THE 1966 BATMOBILE GETS MY VOTE. I REMEMBER SEEING IT AS A KID AT ALOT OF THE CAR SHOWS. I READ SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU CAN BUY A BATMOBILE KIT TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN. COOL, VERY COOL INDEED.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At 10:30 AM this morning the Batmobile from the 1960's TV Show "Batman" passed by me as it turned right onto Palmetto Circle from Powerline Road in Boca Raton, FL. I was at a red light and noticed it immediately. It was IDENTICAL to what I used to watch on TV every day when I was a little girl, and it really put a smile on my face as I was thinking, "Oh my God, that's the Batmobile from Batman!" The front of the car had ultra cool detail, and the driver's side door had the same bat in red on it. This HAD to be the original car that was used. I'd be extremely surprised if it wasn't.

      A nice clean cut looking man was driving normally, and when he passed me my mouth was open with a huge smile. It really took me back in time. I just felt to post this - it was a fun and happy surprise to see. If that is NOT the original Batmobile, I'd really like to know. If it IS, I'd really like to go inside it - it would make a great Kodak moment!

      Barbara from Borntoinspire.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm glad you had the chance to see a 1966 Batmobile. There are a blast, aren't they?

        The car you saw was a replica since the original 1966 Batmobile is still in George Barris' shop in LA (I saw it a couple of weeks ago). There are at least eleven privately owned1966 Batmobiles in Florida, and Florida is host of many car auctions, and they sometimes drive the cars prior to selling them to drum up publicity.

        For more information about the 1966 Batmobile, be sure to visit:

        www.1966batmobile.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      News about pretend cars. Fab.
      Jesse Vega Garduno
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      Jesse Vega Garduno
      • 8 Years Ago
      I grew up with the 1966-1979 Batman TV series. It was awesome! I believe the Batmobile in this series was/it's the best of all Batmobiles! In 1975, I was in Mexico City visiting my father. My father decided to take me to Mexico City's Convention Center to see The International Car Show. In the car show, they had cars from Russia and Hollywood. For example: The Munsters' car, the Pink Panther's car, the Greenhornet's car, most of the Untachables cars, and the Batmobile. The Batmobile was a 1966 George Barris design. However, the outside color was of velour or velex texture (Black). It did not have a glossy or shiny exterior black color. It was cool!


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      Bill Esterly
      • 8 Years Ago
      I recall the first Batmobile as a 1948 Mercury convertible.
      Larry E. Harris
      • 8 Years Ago
      You didn't go back far enough! There was a black and white Batman 12 part serial from the early 1950's, and the Batmoble was a black 1949 or 1950 Mercury 2 door sedan. Very cool at the time!
      Vic
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saw one in the style of Barris's '66 driving down the road in Plano Texas. I'm sure there are one offs in many cities. I think there is a late night AM talk show host that drives one.
      John McGlumphy
      • 8 Years Ago
      George Barris has built several well known cars, among
      them The 1966 Batmobile, The Munsters Koach, and even
      cars used in The Dukes of Hazzard. There may have been
      several Batmobiles since the 1966 original that may try to emulate his but will never duplicate it.
      joewhee
      • 8 Years Ago
      holy dog doo doo, caped crimefighter. rad ride
      Dave C
      • 8 Years Ago
      What, no Alfa Romeo's "Bat" concepts.
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