Where does he get those wonderful toys? We're speaking, in case you didn't catch the movie quote, of Batman. Specifically, his most famous car, otherwise known as the Batmobile. There have been well over a hundred Batmobiles since the first, a 1936 Cord, was used in 1941.

Seventy-one years later, Bruce Wayne's number-one ride has gotten considerably more expensive to procure. According to the sleuths at Centives, between 1940 and 1970, Batman spent a miserly (and inflation adjusted) $32,000 for the average Batmobile. After that date? A whopping $358,000. Holy Toledo, Batman!

While some Batmobiles are completely custom designed for the Caped Crusader, others are based on more pedestrian production cars... like the Lamborghini Reventón or Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR. Indeed, over the years Batman has, among others, made use of various Chevrolet Corvette models, a Ford Mustang or two, a number of Jaguar XKE models and even a British TVR.

After it's all tallied up and recorded for posterity, Centives guesstimates that the average Batmobile set Batman back roughly $214,700. Remember, there's been over a hundred Batmobiles in comic book land. We guess it takes a multi-billionaire playboy like Bruce Wayne to afford the crime-fighting lifestyle of an alter-ego like Batman.


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      fpsircarlton
      • 2 Years Ago
      214k is chump change for Bruce Wayne...
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Without a doubt, the best-ever Batmobile was Barris' made-for-the-TV-show (Lincoln Futura based) car of the 1960s. The Futura used to sit on the grass infront of Barris' shop and we - car design students at Art Center at the time - would occasionally drive over to see it. One Saturday, we arrived to find the car missing. I asked where it was and a worker said, "There it is." The car was across the street, up on a lift at the Firestone store, painted black. I said, "What happened to it? Who painted it black?" The guy said, "It's being readied for some movie or tv show, or somethin'.' Of course, it had been transferred into the iconic Batmobile which debuted months later on the TV show. It was, and always will be, THE Batmobile in my opinion.
      Hi Michele
      • 2 Years Ago
      I work for Barris and am looking at the original 1966 Batmobile as I type ! This was is the best !
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hi Michele
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      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I was a pre-teenager in the early '70's, my buddy and I rode our Schwinn's from Anaheim to a museum in Fullerton or Buena Park, called "Cars of Stars and Planes of Fame." We didn't have money for admission, but there were auto trailers in the back parking lot, and one of those old, wooden box trailers hauled the Batmobile. We were obsessed by the notion of seeing inside that trailer. So we poked around the trailer for a while and noticed that near the rear corner of the trailer several of the screws had come loose from the plywood attached to the frame. One of us yanked on the corner of loose plywood just enough for the other to stick his head inside the trailer. Lo and behold, there was the Batmobile. I can remember like yesterday when my friend said, "I can see the exhaust pipe where the flames come out!" No one from the museum ever came out, nobody even noticed us. Simpler times.
      jpsabella
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am thrilled to say that I just saw the actual 1966 batmobile in person last month while on vacation. It is housed in the automobile Museum on Grand Cayman Island. A Bruce Wayne-like billionaire who lives there bought the Batmobile and put it in his museum, along with many vintage Ferraris, American muscle cars and Rolls Royces. But the centerpiece of the museum is the Batmobile. There it was, big as life and looking just as cool as it did in the TV shoew back in 1966. what a frikkin' thrill!! I couldn't believe I was standing in front of the car I used to drool over as it raced out of the BatCave each week. It is by far the coolest Batmobile of them all and I am happy to say that it is still in mint condition. Glad someone loved the car enough to keep and maintain it as it deserves. Seeing the original batmobile was the highlight of my trip. Holy Happiness Batman!
      hi
      • 2 Years Ago
      love the 60's lincoln as well....the turbo in the back, the double-bubble, blk with red pin stripping. Just looks soo cool......but, the only other one I do like is that 6 wheeld thing with the odd steering.....that thing is evil looking and I love it.....but the 60's is still no. 1
        cmcclarty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hi
        Its a ford futura. And the black beauty is a chrysler inperial.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the documentation backing your claims to the use of the above mentioned cars as batmobiles? The Keton one was based on a chevelle then a chevy pickup frame. The tv series was a ford fairlane chassis. The current ones were 100 percent ground up batmobiles no commercial chassis anywhere except rear axle and power train. Were's your proof? My statements are easily verified and parts taken off a car and used do not count the chassis does. The Lambo in the movie was NOT a batmobile but one of waynes everyday rides.
      rebel3forever
      • 2 Years Ago
      No other car ever made to be a Bat Mobile will ever compare to the 60's Lincoln Futura that made the t.v . show, all others that were made were junk as far as I am concerned and we have one of the original Bat Mobiles here in Columbus Georgia owned by a local business man who brings it out to car shows every year. So my vote along with others here is the 60's Bat Mobile was and is still the best one ever made. Go Cape Crusader ! ! !
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      The tv show version, built from a 1953 Lincoln Futuras, is absolutely THE COOLEST! And, the most famous!
      car4068043
      • 2 Years Ago
      Th only Batmobile that really rocks is the one from the 1964 TV show!
        TMPIA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @car4068043
        its a 66 bat, & my brother owns a replica!
      GamaGoat
      • 2 Years Ago
      You people are all crazy. The Batmobile from the '60s series was the coolest one ever.
        Tiberius1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GamaGoat
        Yep, the Barris / Lincoln Futura Batmobile is by far the best ever!!
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bat-Man Rocks but he's not that eco friendly! Spider Man is uses silk to travel, Aquaman is all about Hydro power, Super Man uses wind energy but none are more eco than Chuck Norris, he uses the Force. If he were Jewish he'd use the Schwartz! May the Schwartz Be With You - Yogurt!
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