One of the main lots at Mecum's forthcoming Indianapolis auction, set for May 13-21, will be a Batmobile replica.
This car is based on the Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 and 1992 films "Batman" and "Batman Returns," which starred Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight.
This is one of the most popular Batmobile variations, thanks to the design and the ease with which it can be replicated.
The original movie cars were built on Chevrolet Impala chassis with fibreglass bodywork, a combination that may be easily replicated without the utilisation of a major special effects studio.
Instead of an Impala, this automobile was built on the base of a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado, which was powered by a 502-cubic-inch fuel-injected Cadillac V-8.
This Batmobile is likewise front-wheel drive, thanks to the Eldorado platform.
A remote-controlled canopy and weapons, air suspension, a rearview camera, air conditioning, and a sophisticated radio system with Bluetooth (something even Batman didn't have in 1989) round out the car's amenities.
According to the listing, it also comes with a custom trailer.
Although Mecum did not publish a pre-auction listing, we did see another Burton-era Batmobile replica go to auction in 2021 for around the same price as a new Honda Accord.
A new Batman film recently debuted, including yet another interpretation of the Batmobile.
In contrast to the Tim Burton films, "The Batman" takes a more realistic approach, giving Batman a poorly adapted muscle car to drive.
It'll be fascinating to see if this new Batmobile inspires replica builders in the same manner that the 1989 original did.
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