• Mar 15, 2009

Original Batmobile - Click above for high-res gallery

It's no secret that Southern California is home to one of the best car cultures in the world. You can find a cruise or car show pretty much any day of the year, and it's always amazing to see the vehicles that show up. It's even incredible to see the kinds of cars that are simply out and about performing normal, everyday tasks. In addition to the usual Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches, you can sometimes catch some truly unique cars out in the wild.

Take, for instance, this original Batmobile that was out getting a wash and wax at the Car Spa in Newport Beach this weekend. It's the fourth of four original Batmobiles built by George Barris back in 1966 and is known as the "dragster" version because of its 427ci Holman and Moody V8 underhood and dual parachutes attached to the rear. The car was built to serve as an exhibition model and actually raced at several drag strips around the country back in the 1960's. It also comes with a working saw blade that drops down at the front and can actually shoot flames out the back. We tip our hats to the fine gentleman that actually drives this thing on the street. High-res photos in the gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow…what a blast from the past. My Father took me to Autorama back in the 60’s when I was a small child. I was a Batman freak and was lucky enough to have my picture taken sitting in this car or one of the other three.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a whole lot of badassery right there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A local talk radio guy has 2 Batmobile replicas. I see it every so often on the highway. It's nuts.

      He has a Mach 5, Starsky Torino and a General Lee too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll bet those cross-drilled rotors aren't original. I wonder if it even originally had discs. It also has an old (early '60s) Ford steering wheel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Google image "Lincoln futura" and You'll see how much Ford /Lincoln DNA the Batmobile has
      • 5 Years Ago
      Think of the swirl marks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's a good place, no swirl marks. In so cal it's almost illegal to wash your car in your driveway so if you've spent some time you can find the handwash places that do not leave marks. And they're worth. Not much is worse than washing a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Part of me says the people marking you down/posting negative comments don't know about the song, but part of me says that this was just the wrong place lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      mmmmm . . classy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, you Bat-Jizzed in your Bat-Pants you Bat-Perv.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, this is probably better looking and more interesting that the so called "super cars" of today. Living in the So-Cal area I have been lucky enough to see this car a couple of times. It's pretty wild even the ferrari and lambo guys take a double-take.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't be gross.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suddenly I'm 8 years old.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is very good article . I have see the article it is best to see the article which How are buy a car. I suggested the persons to see this article.
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