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Holy handbrake turns, Batman! Museum puts road legal replica of the BATMOBILE up for sale for £30,000

  • An incredible replica of the iconic Michael Keaton Batmobile is set to sell at auction for up to £30,000
  • It was purchased by the London Motor Museum in Hillingdon where it was on display until the museum closed
  • Now the vehicle, which is built on a vintage Ford Mustang, is being sold by Bonhams on March 20
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An incredible road legal replica of the classic Batmobile used in the films starring Michael Keaton is set to sell at auction - and fetch up to £30,000.

The custom-made vehicle is an exact copy of the Batmobile driven in two Batman films, in 1989 and in 1992, both starring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader.

In 2016 a specialist company in the UK constructed the replica, using a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang as the base.

 

Tim Burton's Batmobile, driven by Michael Keaton in two Batman movies is one of the most popular versions of Batman trusty motor.

The Batmobile itself sat on a Chevrolet chassis and even features functional gadgets.

However, the exhaust afterburner could only run for around 15 seconds.

The original Keaton Batmobile was voice-controlled with an interior that features contoured seats, aircraft instrumentation and a weapon system that includes two Browning submachine guns. 

The design of the car was so important that Michael Keaton's Batsuit had to be modified so that he could fit into the car, rather than modifying the car itself. 

 

The custom-made vehicle is an exact copy of the Batmobile driven in two Batman films, in 1989 and in 1992, both starring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader

 

 

An incredible road legal replica (pictured) of the classic Batmobile used in the Batman films starring Michael Keaton is set to sell at auction - and fetch up to £30,000

 

 

The 'Keaton Mobile' replica was constructed over the top of a vintage Ford Mustang model. The original Michael Keaton Batmobile used in the films, featured working gadgets

 

 

In 2016 a specialist company in the UK constructed the replica, using a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang as the base. When work was finished, the motor was purchased by the London Motor Museum in Hillingdon where they kept it on display to members of the public

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I'm not sure if this is true, but I read somewhere that the Batmobile was and is, copyrighted by D.C. Studios and cannot be legally reproduced, owned, driven etc. without a license from D.C. Studios.

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Wonder what the test is how much must be changed not to violate a copyright. Used to be a problem all of the time with software. Just asked to give credit if they used mine.

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I just Googled it and there have been several lawsuits involving copyright infringement of the Batmobile. The court ruled that the Batmobile is considered a "character" such as Batman, Robin, the Joker etc. so it's protected by the copyright. If I'm reading the lawsuit correctly, the gentleman that is selling his recreation of the Batmobile can face legal action, just by fabricating and owning his recreation.  Nor can he legally sell it. I don't think D.C. Studios would go after him, but you never know.

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You think it would cost more than $40,000 to fabricate this replica.

Plus would the Auction House have any liability for selling an copyright infringement.

They probability should be held more accountable like a Real Estate agent or Lawyer.

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4 hours ago, 46 woodie said:

I'm not sure if this is true, but I read somewhere that the Batmobile was and is, copyrighted by D.C. Studios and cannot be legally reproduced, owned, driven etc. without a license from D.C. Studios.

 

That would make a lot of sense, mostly for the children's toy market

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AFAIR was reported here a number of years ago that Disney lawyered a child care center for painting a mural on the wall with Bambi. It is the reason that Disney films start with a few seconds of "Steamboat Willie".

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22 hours ago, 46 woodie said:

I'm not sure if this is true, but I read somewhere that the Batmobile was and is, copyrighted by D.C. Studios and cannot be legally reproduced, owned, driven etc. without a license from D.C. Studios.


Shouldn’t Ford own the copyright?

 

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11 minutes ago, BucketofBolts said:

If I buy it does that mean I can drive on the Highway with a Batman outfit and not get a ticket? 

 

I don't think this guy got in trouble...

 

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I always thought Adam West and Burt Ward were pretty lame as  Batman and Robin. The talent on the show was Cesar Romero. ....fabulous as The Joker.   The best part was the cameos and the stars that rolled through the show.   And let’s not forget Julie Newmar as Catwoman.......  prrrrrrrrrr......

 

30,000 pounds is a little north of 41K US dollars......ah......no.....

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On 1/27/2021 at 2:54 PM, JBP said:

“Holy Dyna-Flash, Batman! We’ll never be able to catch that Buick 8 with the Bat-Merc-Mobile!”

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I think that is from the second Batman serial version. Theres another from the early 40's that is really fun to watch as well.

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On 1/26/2021 at 4:46 PM, Car-Nicopia said:


Shouldn’t Ford own the copyright?

 

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no, George Barris became the owner of the Futura when he paid Ford $1.00 for the car, George created the original Batmobile from the Futura.

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I can't believe George Barris cut apart the Ford Futura, concept car, to make the Batmobile.  That was downright criminal, concept cars are a part of automotive history. I know many of them didn't even run and drive but there are people that collect them. 

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+1 on "used car" at the time, have any idea how many movie cars there are ? Probably used from 6-12 for each show/series. Also even manufacturers had a habit of making next year's show car out of last year's. Parts may also be difficult to find. Back in the day I remember many GM "show car"s parked on Worth Ave driven by wintering GM execs, some even for sale.

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On 1/26/2021 at 1:52 AM, padgett said:

AFAIR was reported here a number of years ago that Disney lawyered a child care center for painting a mural on the wall with Bambi. It is the reason that Disney films start with a few seconds of "Steamboat Willie".

So theoretically I should be able to sue Disney for the damages Bambi has inflicted on my property these many years?!😃

 

Not a Disney fan. Not sorry.

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On 1/29/2021 at 4:51 PM, GregLaR said:

No matter how cool a car is, somewhere there's a guy who's just tired of driving it.

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All this one needs is an S-10 chassis.

Or other suitable unit, Probably an Art Morrison for the high end.

Where is this thing, its got me to thinking.

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On 1/30/2021 at 9:52 AM, 46 woodie said:

I can't believe George Barris cut apart the Ford Futura, concept car, to make the Batmobile.  That was downright criminal, concept cars are a part of automotive history. I know many of them didn't even run and drive but there are people that collect them. 

look up 1966batmobile.com

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On 1/31/2021 at 9:55 AM, JACK M said:

 

All this one needs is an S-10 chassis.

Or other suitable unit, Probably an Art Morrison for the high end.

Where is this thing, its got me to thinking.

The original used a Lincoln or a Crown Vic as a starting point.

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16 minutes ago, 28 Chrysler said:

The original used a Lincoln or a Crown Vic as a starting point.

 

Should be easy to find one of those.

I have another 392 core under the bench, gettin itchy to do something with it.

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