Do you think you have design skills? Do you like to test your limits? Can you envision and render a new Batmobile concept in 2 hours? If the answer to those questions is yes, you should enter Car Design Fetish‘s contest. The contest started 4 days ago and you still have until the 14th of March to submit your design idea.
The winner will get copies of pivotal Batman graphic novels Cacophany signed by Kevin Smith and Year One by Frank Miller. That’s pretty damn cool.
What was your favorite Batmobile so far?
Here is another great eBay find, this time we are talking about one of the three authentic batmobiles from Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”. The bidding will be ending in a couple of hours so grab it will you still can. According to the guy selling this original batmobile, it was the best of the three that were used for making the film and comes with a full documentation for those discerning collectors.
Under that unique hood it packs a V8 350 cubic-inch Chevrolet engine with an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold and Hedman headers. The Chevy V8 engine outputs about 200 hp.
This original batmobile is offered with hydraulics for easy loading / unloading which will come in hand as the winner of the auction will get a custom trailer for transportation. Up until now, the price for the car has reached $311,000 with the reserve price not yet met. For those of you that can pay $499,000 – the “buy it now” option awaits you. This batmobile is at the moment located in Clearwater, Florida.
The person selling the car said that if nobody reaches the reserve price before the auction ends, the batmobile will be auctioned on live television, meaning that it will most likely be in Scottsdale, Arizona for the Barret-Jackson auction which will be organized this weekend.
UPDATE: It seems that someone has reached the reserve price and the car was sold for $370,100.
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“I’m currently looking through my schedule and it seems that I have about three and half years and about $1 Million which haven’t been occupied. I wonder if I can do something with my old 1973 Lincoln Continental which currently sits in front of my lawn…”
This is what might have passed through the mind of a Swedish man which has created a fully-functional Batmobile, the one from the Tim Burton era featured in movies like Batman and Batman Returns. He took an old Lincoln, spent a lot of time and money and the end result you can see above and below in a video taken on the streets of Stockholm.
It also seems that he incorporated quite a lot of gadgets any crime fighter would need, including machine guns (fake or not), satellite navigation, rear-view cameras, and for the times you go on stakeouts near the Joker’s hideout, a DVD player and a plasma TV. Coupled with the 700 HP the car supposedly produces, this is certainly an investment most Batman fans would be jealous of.
Ebay has always been an interesting source for finding realy weird and/or cool cars and this is definitely one of these cars. This special Smart called the “Bat Smart Car” was built by the guys over at Hurley Motorsport, was showcased at last year’s SEMA Show and is now for sale at a current bid of $8,600 (however, that’s below the seller’s reserve price, which means it won’t sell for that, but for more). If you’d like to place your bid, you’d better hurry, because the auction ends tomorrow.
So, what does this car have that makes it so special? Well, I think the pictures say everything there is to say about it. Developed with the help of George Harris, the creator of the original Batmobile, the BatSmart features an unique bodykit, batwings, crests, turbine and rocket launchers (of course, none of these is functional, they’re only there to look good). Also, we’ve got Lambo doors by Vertical Doors, custom black Bat paint with hot Bat orange pin stripping, panorama roof and the interior features custom Suede for the door panels and dashboard, custom Leather Diamond Bat seats and a custom Batmats 3-spoke learger sports steering wheel.
According to the eBay description, the car is currently owned by Phil Hurley and Hurley Motorsports won’t build another unit, so it’s one of a kind. Now I’m sure Batman would never ride in something like this (unless, of course, he’d be hit hard by the financial crisis and won’t afford the gas for his regular Batmobile) but you gotta admit, the car’s pretty funky (here‘s the eBay auction page).
Photo Gallery: The BatSmart
The Batmobile, which was featured in the 1995 “Batman Forever” movie, starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman, was recently sold by Warner Bros at RM Auctions. Though estimated at around $800,000, the buyer paid “only” $297,000. And if you think that’s much, you should know that the car cost around $2,800,000 to make ($2.5 mil for the mold, plus extra $300,000 for completion).
However, we don’t think Bruce Wayne would be pissed by Warner’s sale, because this isn’t the actual car which was used during the movie filming, but a promotional vehicle, used only for promotional tours. We don’t really know why someone would pay all that money for it, especially with Warner imposing an agreement which forbids the buyer to use it on public roads. What’s the fun in owning it, if you can’t show it off on the street?
After the jump you can see the full agreement the buyer signed with Warner Bros and DC Comics, plus some extra photos of the Batmobile.