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Every Batmobile in TV and Film

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By Dave Ashton

Ok, The Batmobile can hardly be classed as a muscle car as in a mid-sized vehicle, with a large displacement engine available to the masses. Radar reflective black was probably the only color of choice for the caped Crusader, rather than Top Banana or Plum Crazy, but there are some muscle car similarities along the Batmobile’s history. This video gives you a quick rundown of all the Batmobiles starting from its first TV showing in 1943.

The first TV Batmobile was a 1939 Cadillac series 61 convertible. It also doubled as Bruce Wayne’s day car, but the audience had to kind of overlook that point. The next was a factory stock 1949 Mercury, still a bit sedate for Batman’s needs. A 1963 Batmobile was designed for promotional tours based on a 1956 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 chassis with a Oldsmoblle Rocket 324ci. V8 (that’s pretty muscle car like!).


It wasn’t until the 1966 TV series where the vehicle became very Bat like in appearance. It was based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept vehicle built by hand by the Ghia Body Works and became the most iconic Batmobile selling in 2013 for $4.2 million. It wasn’t until 1989 that the Batmobile made a return with a more up-to-date design and built at first on an Impala chassis.

The ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile from the The Dark Knight Trilogy onwards has different design inspirations, but you could argue the early Batmobiles took inspiration from the upcoming muscle car market. The question is would Batman have gone with a Hemi, GM big block or Ford engine back in the day?? Maybe he would have built his own in the form of a 427 Bat block……ahem.

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