Whatever your opinion of who is the best superhero, one question is beyond doubt: Batman has always had the best cars.
The Dark Knight has always rocked the coolest wheels in all of their various comics, movies, or TV series, which you think of as the tank-type offerings in Frank Miller and Christopher Nolan’s graphic novels. Black Knight movie trilogy, the brutal rocket-propelled machine in the Tim Burton movies, the brilliantly art deco-style version of the Batman: The Animated Series TV show, or the sleeker, more muscular turn of the latest cinematic incarnation.
But, of course, one of the best of all time is the impressive Lincoln-based classic built by George Barris from the 1966 TV series. There is simply no argument about it.
And perhaps the best way to start 2022 and forget about that parade of disappointment and horror that 2021 has been, Mecum Auctions in the United States has not one, but two replicas of the ’66 Batmobile for sale. from January 6 to 16 Kissimmee 2022 auction which offers a wide range of very attractive metals.
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While the former is very cool, being a replica based on a 1978 Lincoln frame with a body cast from one of the four original cars built for the TV show, the other being part of the ‘Paul Mazzee Sr Collection ‘is an absolute stunner.
Mazzee had the car custom built on a 1977 Lincoln chassis, which is appropriate given that the original was a case of Barris “reusing” the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car he owned, due to the constraints incredibly tight times they faced when creating the Batmobile.
Barris would also build three replicas of the car on Ford Galaxie chassis which were used to tour the show circuit to promote the TV show, with a fourth being later built on a Ford Thunderbird chassis.
With sheet steel door frames, interior quarter panels, hinge and strike pillars, drip rails and an interior cockpit as a base, the body of the Mazzee Batmobile was made from vinyl ester. Hand laid and fiberglass epoxy resin, then fused onto a full steel tube support structure including front and rear bumper cages, hood and trunk lid.
A Ford 460 CI V8 engine topped with a 4-barrel carburetor sits under the hood, hooked up to an automatic transmission, and remarkably enough, the center turbine exhaust port at the rear spits flames thanks to the a propane system installed in the trunk. Probably not road legal, but whatever.
A fully functional siren, sound system and emergency lighting are also available, with a pair of Deist parachutes mounted on either side of the turbine exhaust at the rear.
Inside, the Batmobile receives a detailed replica of the steering wheel (with a central speedometer – no airbags here …) and Detect-A-Scope, as well as one-of-a-kind automated dashboard doors. and stainless steel, custom fabricated awning window frames surrounding the cockpit.
The central “Radar Antler” is autographed by Adam West (Batman) on the driver’s side and Burt Ward (Robin) on the passenger side, with letters of authenticity accompanying each included.
Mecum Auctions says the “finishing touch” was the addition of vintage Radir style wheels, with Bat logo wheels, and the original Lincoln build sheet and owner’s manual are also included.
But if an incredibly detailed Batmobile replica isn’t enough for you, the Mazzee Collection also includes an equally incredibly detailed Batcycle replica from the 1966 TV show!
Like the original, also built by Barriss, the Batcycle replica is built on a 1966 Yamaha DT1 Catalina 250cc two-stroke motorcycle and features the familiar bat graphics and custom stripes.
It also has the most unusual feature of the Batcycle – the concealed kart that Robin knelt on that could be deployed separately.
While the original go-kart was powered by a 55cc Yamaha engine with a 3-speed transmission, the replica is powered by an electric motor hidden under a similar finned motor shell, but still wears the protective coating that prevented engine burns.
According to the list, Batman star Adam West later recalled that things didn’t always go as planned with the go-kart, and while Batman rode on the relative stability of the motorcycle and sidecar. Yamaha, Robin’s hard-to-control challenge. the kart rarely went in the intended direction.
Of course, like the Batmobile, Adam West and Burt Ward have also autographed their respective Batcycle mounts, and the replica comes with capped crusader certificates of authenticity.
While the first Batmobile replica does not have a stated price range, the Bat vehicles in the Mazzee collection are listed with an estimate of US $ 40,000 to US $ 60,000 for the Batcycle, with the Batmobile expected to go between $ 300,000. US $ and US $ 350,000. According to Mecum, neither have been “driven or publicly displayed” since their completion.
Of course, you would just have to buy both, right? Then start looking for those Batcopter and Batboat replicas to complete the set …