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The history of the Batmobile – Click above to see full image

In the world of superheroes, Batman is a bit of an anomaly. While the rest of the comic world's crime fighters are imbued with special powers derived from radiation, mutation or celestial birth, Batman's je ne sais quoi is sourced up from nothing more than being filthy rich and a little bit crazy. Maybe that's why we like him. Of course, his penchant for amazing automobiles, motorcycles, boats and jets never exactly hurt our feelings either. We fancied ourselves at least quasi-familiar with the Caped Crusader's history of transportation, but according to researchers at CarInsurance.org and the designers at BatmobileHistory.com, our knowledge was more than a little lacking.

For example, did you know Bruce Wayne's secret identity spent some time behind the wheel of a gussied up Ford GT90 Concept? Neither did we. How about an Opel Speedster, Dodge Viper, several Chevrolet Corvettes, and a Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR? Yep, we had not a clue. Call us crazy, but we still have a soft spot for the Batmobile dreamed up for the Tim Burton Batman by Anton Furst. Check out all of his cars in the gallery.

[Source: CarInsurance.Org]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      To me that first one (1941) looks less like a Cord and more like a Graham-Paige:

      http://lowdownblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/1939-graham-paige-97.jpg

        dtremit
        • 3 Years Ago
        The fenders are quite Graham-Paige, but I'd argue that the closer resemblance is the '41 Continental: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonhams_-_The_Paris_Sale_2012_-_Lincoln_Continental_Coupe_-_1941_-_003.jpg
        ishmaelcrowley
        • 3 Years Ago
        Great call. Thanks for reminding me of the Graham-Paige.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neat, but that first one is not based on a Cord. It's based on a Kaiser or ... crap, can't remember the name, but it has flush headlights like that. I'll find it in a few minutes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interestingly, Batman appeared to be driving the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento back in 2005...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow!

      I had no idea there had been that many Batmobiles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the 1992 from the animated series. It brings back slot of memories. For me it's the Batmobile by which all others are judged.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 1958 one must have shared some DNA with Acura.

      Yikes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tim Burton's version is still the most iconic batmobile ever IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like batman, and I like zonda's.

        but that is just unfortunate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me I like the Animated Series Car from the 90s but the coolest had to be the one from The Batman series. I always thought that the TVF Sagaris looked more like the Batmobile than anything else ever made or drawn. One of my favorite cars of all time.

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_E5ELxVgPQd4/TEMhTqt0TkI/AAAAAAAAE9E/kD3IcvAn0OA/s1600/tvr_sagaris_tvr_power_tvr_unofficial_blog_2.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      I liked Burton's design the best. It really set apart from previous designs. I always thought the Nolan's Tumbler to be more of a truck than car despite the street tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta love the one from "Batman: The Animated Series". That car and Kevin Conroy's voice made that show.

      The Tumbler is always awesome, but no love for the tank from Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Returns"? The Tumbler was based on that one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, they forgot Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns---The BAT TANK!!! Was part inspirational for the Tumbler.
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