Barn-find Batmobile is the first one ever built, three years before Barris
In 1963, Robinson was a 23-year-old who wanted to make a vehicle for the caped crusader using the new-at-the-time material fiberglass. So he took the chassis from a 1958 Oldsmobile 88 with a 324-cubic-inch Rocket V8 in front, covered it with a swoopy, pointed body inspired by the one the superhero drove in comic books, and voila: the first ever Batmobile, three years before Barris' Ford Futura-based version hit the screen, sanctioned by DC Comics in 1966 after it tirelessly worked to promote All-Star Dairy Products. It was the only car Robinson ever built, and by 1968 it was sitting derelict in a field, where it would stay for almost 40 years.
Sounds outrageous, we know. But The Aficionauto drove it recently, and you can get the whole wacky story in the beautiful video here.
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