Creating Batmobiles...the truth is in the inconsistencies!
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For the most part, Batmobiles numbers 2, 3 and 4 were constructed in an almost assembly line fashion, during the same period of time. The duplicate bodies were made from molds taken directly from the #1/Futura car and, thus, appear nearly identical to each other when first glanced at.

However, the intricate details of how these cars came to be have been twisted, hacked and butchered as much as the cars themselves! To summarize what I feel is the truth, I've read the articles available here, other articles found elsewhere, and I've sifted the many 'facts' offered to me by hundreds of Bat-fans that have visited this website...including a few of the owners of the real Batmobiles. Again, this is my own OPINION.

I believe that the #1 Batmobile is indeed the modified Lincoln Futura show car. Acquired by Barris thru his affiliations with Ford's 'Custom Cars Caravan' tour and his connections with 20th Century Fox.

Converted to Bat-use in about 3 weeks with the help of his own crew, and Bill Cushenbery, the car was 'marginal' in performance when at it's best. Repairs and rework were constant, but at NO time was another car built to stand in for #1 on film for the TV series or the Motion Picture. The additional THREE Batmobiles built by Barris Kustoms were built solely for national tours (i.e., money making). #2 and #3 did the regular 'show' circuit while #4 toured drag strips in exhibition competition with similar replicas of other famous cars, including the Green Hornet's 'Black Beauty'.

As the tours went on, the fiberglass bodies began to show stress cracks. At least two (#2 and #4, definately) were covered in black velvet 'BatFuzz' to conceal this damage, allowing them to continue touring.

And now the part that is most confusing. George Barris claims to have built the #5 car for use as a 'stunt car' in the 1966 film and then for the series before becoming a show car like it's sisters. However, another version I've heard says that while Barris was showing his 4 cars, another Batmobile was created by private owners and began being shown at events for a fee. The owners of the car had no permission to do so, and were sued by DC Comics and Barris. The resulting settlement meant the car would become the property of Barris, and was thereafter referred to as #5.

Eventually, Barris began selling the cars off thru auctions or privately arranged sales.


  • The #1 car is still owned by Barris.
  • #2 is in Virginia, owned by Dr. David Anderson and displayed in his private garage for he and his family to enjoy, and has not been shown publicly since it's purchase.
  • #3 was sold in 1997 by the Branson, Missouri museum, 'Legends' (which has since closed) and is now owned and displayed by the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • #4 is (as of 12/12/98) owned by Ralph Spencer, of Jacksonville, Florida. He is the vice president of a mulch manufacturing company. He bought it so he could "pick up his son from school in it."!
  • #5 is owned by Scott Chinery of Dover Township, New Jersey and is still found appearing at local events.

    Here's a map of the USA showing the locations of the cars.

    Read these articles and judge for yourself.

    Batmania II
    Barris TV and Movie Cars
    Adam West Remembers Batman
    Scott Chinery is young, rich and drives the Batmobile

    Special Thanks to Ernie Renn for supplying clear photocopies of several of the above articles used here. :)
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