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1989 Ford Batmobile Recreation Heads To Auction With Reasonable Estimate

The Batmobile is easily one of the most famous TV/movie cars of all time and it has appeared in many different forms in all sorts of big and little screen titles over the last several decades. Batman’s ride of choice has also inspired many people to build replicas of those models, including this 1989 Ford Batmobile recreation, built using a 1965 Ford, which is scheduled to cross the block at Bonham’s upcoming March auction.

This particular Ford Batmobile is a recreation of perhaps the most beloved Batmobile of all-time – Tim Burton’s “Keaton Mobile” from the 1989 Batman film. Burton later admitted that building this particular car was one of the greatest challenges he’s ever faced, which is fairly evident by looking at just how complex this thing really is.

The Keaton Mobile was designed by conceptual illustrator Julian Caldow and fitted with a body created by Keith Short and Eddie Butler. This recreation seems quite accurate, though it rides on an older Ford frame as opposed to the Chevy Impala bits that the original used. Otherwise, the auction house hasn’t shared any additional details about the car as of yet, unfortunately.

However, it does seem like it’ll be available for a very reasonable price, according to the auction estimate of £20,000 – £30,000 ($27,000 – $40,500 USD). We highly doubt anyone could recreate this famous Batmobile for much less than that, and it would likely cost a lot more. Then again, we have no idea what lies underneath that bodywork, whether it be a disaster of mechanical and cosmetic proportions or a nicely-executed job.

For the right Batman fan, this Ford Batmobile could easily represent a nice and affordable pickup if the circumstances are right. We’d certainly have a blast driving around in this wicked-looking machine, pretending that we’re the world’s most famous crime-fighter, anyway.

We’ll have more cool auction finds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL


  2. TS

    I’m not sure what that abomination is, but it is certainly NOT a Batmobile

  3. Bruce Holberg

    The “1965 Batmobile” was a totally different vehicle. It was created by George Barris out of a 1955 Lincoln Futura “dream car”, which was a product of Ford Styling and Ghia. After that #1 Batmobile was built, Barris made several fiberglass-bodied replicas. This isn’t one of them.

    1. Brett Foote

      Right. As stated in the article, this is a recreation of the Batmobile from the 1989 film Batman, which was built using a 1965 Ford model of some sort.

  4. Terry Rintelmann

    Da fawk???

  5. Randy

    This is the 1989 batmobile!
    Did someone actually get paid to write this?

    1. Brett Foote

      Guess you didn’t read the article

      1. Me

        Why read an article with a Click-bait title? What’s your excuse?

        1. Brett Foote

          Perhaps then you’d have some context, which is what, you know, articles are for. Also the definition of clickbait is “content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.” There is nothing about the title that fits that description as it is 100% factual information.


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