About ten years ago, I blogged about a company in Indiana, Fiberglass Freaks, who take regular cars and customize them into replicas of the Batmobile from 1966-69 Batman TV series. Originally the Batmobile from the show was a Lincoln Futura concept car, and was heavily customized from its original look to become the legendary supercar that only a true Caped Crusader and his Boy Wonder could fight crime in.
I just received an e-mail that the owner of Fiberglass Freaks, Mark Racop, is closing down his car customizing business to take over his father’s real estate business. With that, he is only making five more Batmobiles, and then he’s done.
Trust me, there’s only five TV cars worth owning, and if you can’t get your hands on the Mach V (Speed Racer’s car), Starsky and Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino (the orange one with the white check-stripe), the KITT (come on, it’s a Pontiac Trans-Am with Cylon headlights) or the General Lee (a 1969 Dodge Charger with hood pins and the ability to jump every creekbed and ditch in the county), then man you need a Batmobile.
So here’s the Batmobile specs, as provided by Fiberglass Freaks.
- Custom Built Chassis
- Four wheel disc brakes
- Rack & Pinion Steering
- Spectacular show car black and red gloss finish
- Thick fiberglass body with opening hood, doors, and trunk
- Electric actuators open the hood & trunk with the flip of a switch
- Firewall, engine apron walls, and wheel well tubs
Power & Drivetrain:
- LS3 GM Crate Engine w/electronic fuel injection
- 4L70E GM Transmission
- 3.5 Rear Gear
- Beefed up axles to handle the power!
- Leather Futura seats with chrome seat surrounds
- Tambor Door, Polished Aluminum Dashboard w/LCD screen, gauges, & Batcomputer Switch
- Kenwood GPS/Satellite Radio/DVD/CD Bluetooth deck w/6 speaker sound system & sub
- Chrome Wraparound Dashboard Edging and matching Door Sweeps
- Working dash gear shift and turn indicator lights
- Futura Steering Wheel with turn signal pod switches & lights
- Bluetooth Batmobile Batphone with Batphone Pedestal
- Five Light Sequence Flasher
- Detect-a-scope w/lights & sound effects
- Center Console w/light, silver T handle, blue knobs, and Batmobile fire Extinguisher
Exterior Accessories and Lighting:
- Radir Wheels w/bat spinners
- 1/4″ thick Bubble Canopies
- Beacon Light, Antennae/antlers, Bat Turn Lever, & red sidemarker lights w/stainless bezels on the arch
- Working park lights, headlights, brights, turn signals, and brake lights
- Flamethrowing “Rocket Exhaust” tube
- Chrome Triple “Rocket” Tubes behind the rear windshields
- Accurate “Batcave Radio Link” rear antenna
- Bat Beam Automatic Antenna Grid
- Six laser cut/powdercoated grilles with pinchwelt borders
The only thing this is missing might be a horn that plays this little tune.
Dang, if I could get my mitts on one of these bad boys … this would be one HELL of an ice cream cruiser car. Could you imagine driving into the Jericho Drive-In to watch a double feature with this thing? (Probably not if it involved a Marvel Cinematic Universe film). Or cruising down Central Avenue with the speakers blasting WPTR at full volume?
Hell, I could pull this chariot up to any local outdoor eatery and get me a few Bat-Burgers to go.
I just need to acquire a small chunk of change for a Batmobile replica. Anybody got $300,000 laying around that they wouldn’t mind loaning me for a short while? 😀
What, no takers?
Oh well, maybe there’s still a Mach V replica around some place. Besides, the Batmobile maybe a super-hot car, but it doesn’t have retracting buzz-saw blades, and the Mach V does… #hahahahaha