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Batman Fan Builds World's Only Street-Legal 1989 Batmobile


The residents of Sydney, Australia can sleep soundly knowing a Batmobile is prowling the streets.

Well, not quite. The street-legal Batmobile was built by super fan Zac Mihajlovic, who spent two years constructing an exact, 20-foot replica of the dark night's ride from the 1989 film "Batman." He even went so far as to seek out parts from the original film car.

"About 30 percent is made from the parts used in the film, and the rest was molded and made," Mihajlovic told MailOnline.

Mihajlovic had help from his grandfather, John Greene, a retired mechanical engineer who encouraged his grandson to dream big. This isn't even his first bat-vehicle. Mihajlovic built the Batmobile after he successfully built a Bat Chopper.

His Batmobile was finished in 2011, but sat in a garage for a year while he figured out what to do with it. In late 2012, he started the process of having the Batmobile registered as a street-legal vehicle. An engineer from Queensland worked with Mihajovic for three months to get the car safe enough to drive on public roadways.

The moment it was registered, a businessman in Sydney offered to buy the car for close to $1 million dollars on behalf of a sheik in Dubai. But Mihajlovic declined. The car is extremely rare, with only 10 or 12 like it in the world and, to Mihajlovic's knowledge, his is the only one register for normal driving.

While the amazing car attracts too much attention for everyday use, Mihajlovic has turned his passion project into a full-time job, ferrying groomsmen to weddings and making charity appearances in a full Batman suit.



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      clyogi
      • 6 Months Ago
      I wonder how he was able to get around the trademark and copyright rights of DC Comics.
        youwroteforme
        • 4 Months Ago
        @clyogi
        Copying is fair game if you're not selling anything.
        arikdeylan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @clyogi
        As long as he isnt trying to profit from the design or marketing himself off as a rep for the company, it shouldnt be a problem
      • 6 Months Ago
      He has helped 40 kids. and a ton of otheres that seen the car. best stoy i have read on on aol for years
      • 6 Months Ago
      That chick's just dating him for the car, sad.
      dkp50
      • 6 Months Ago
      In Reality? Can't really go driving that around on City Streets-- People would Hit it and then what? Others would Steal it and then What? And Unless it has a Heater and A/C ? Like being inside a Coffin! No Windows can open? Not for the Chlostrophobic types and can't even Get Lucky in it? Just like alot those Over Priced Cars, Like the McClaran and Bugaggiti's I've seen several running around our Resort town in the summer.. Give me a Nice everyday common Convertible instead..I can park it and not have to worry about it..! and not cost a fortune for the Insurance or to Maintain it ..
      Buckingham's
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yeah,....the cops will never give THAT a second look.
      propickup
      • 10 Months Ago
      I like it.
      kimcrdr
      • 6 Months Ago
      I think that is so cool! I would definitely drive the Bat Mobile!!
      KRYPTON
      • 10 Months Ago
      I know someone in Florida who wants one...........
        Kevin
        • 6 Months Ago
        @KRYPTON
        www.gothamcruisers.com can build one for you
      waterfrontlivin
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'd like to 'break in' the Batmobile with that 'hot brunette' !!! I'd ask her 'if those legs go all the way up'? I know she'd reply...'All the way to Heaven'...Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...LoL?
      anonymousmarriedman
      • 10 Months Ago
      The original George Barris Batmobile was and will always be the coolest and best looking. This crap they have now looks ridiculous.
        istheillist
        • 10 Months Ago
        @anonymousmarriedman
        says the man who's wife is in control of the purse strings, so his big boy toy budget is limited to a tent in the backyard with a kiddie pool, six pack of pats blue ribbon beer, and a 13" battery powered black and white television. have your fun married man, have your fun.
          James
          • 10 Months Ago
          @istheillist
          Istheillist....For the record, it's..."Pabst" Blue Ribbon....If you're going to attack the comments of others, you should at least make sure what you're saying is accurate...
        • 10 Months Ago
        @anonymousmarriedman
        I agree that the original is the best looking!
          ericlipps
          • 10 Months Ago
          There's a scene in a comic from awhile back where all the Batmobiles starting with the 1939 original are on display in the Batcave. (One of them gets smashed up.) Now THAT was cool!
      ericlipps
      • 10 Months Ago
      It should be "the Dark Knight," with caps, not "the dark night." Proofreader alert!
      youwroteforme
      • 4 Months Ago
      "Mommy, Batman sounds funny"
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