Vehicles featured on the silver screen have long been some of the most cherished cars among collectors. Whether it be the General Lee Charger, the Bullitt Mustang, the A-Team van, Doc’s Delorean or Eleanor, people have a tendency to go crazy for these inanimate Hollywood icons. Of course not all movie cars elicit the same amount of excitement as others. But when Tim Burton’s “Batman” debuted in 1989, kids and adults alike were immediately enthralled with the Caped Crusader’s ride. With a 10,000 horsepower turbine engine and a 300 mph top speed, the Batmobile looked as potent as Batman Michael Keaton himself. That is probably why someone in the U.K. decided to build one for themselves, complete with muscle car components and a V8 engine. Thanks to DriveTribe’s Mike Fernie, we have a chance to see this thing make its way around a British airfield.
The actual movie cars that were used in Michael Keaton’s Batman flick were based on an Impala chassis, but this British Batmobile is a bit different. Underneath the fiberglass bodywork sits a 1965 Ford Mustang. Well, more like parts of a Mustang. The car now rides on a custom space frame, and the Ford engine has been tossed out. In its place sits a tried-and-true 5.7L small-block Chevy V8, which has been built up to 380 horsepower. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, for those movie-style shift sequences. Measuring in at nearly 20 feet long, the Batmobile is certainly an imposing vehicle. Of course it’s hard to look as cool as Michael Keaton’s Batman when trying to step into the sliding canopy that acts as the door.
The inside of the British Batmobile is a bit more basic than what the real Batman would have at his disposal, but it looks rad anyway. The wall of gauges is just right, but Fernie notes that most of them don’t work. Who really needs gauges when you’re a man on a mission like Batman however? That said, it might be nice to know how fast you’re traveling considering how poor the brakes reportedly are on this particular build. Though we don’t think the previous owner was doing a lot of track driving in this thing.
Speaking of the owner, one lucky bloke will have the chance to take home this Michael Keaton-era Batmobile thanks to Bonhams. Fernie notes that it is expected to cross the block for between £20,000-40,000. That’s not exactly a bargain, but well worth it for a chance to be a superhero for a moment.