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Concept Car Replica: 1955 Lincoln Futura

Holy Green Machine! At first glance, it looks like the Batmobile had a run-in with a bucket of seafoam green paint. But this car is really a tribute to the Lincoln Futura that inspired the vehicle driven by the Caped Crusaders in the 1960s television show, Batman. Under the skin, this car is a 1987 Chevy Corvette with an upgrade in technology that the Dynamic Duo wasn’t accustomed to. Located in Riverhead, New York, this one-of-a-kind automobile is available here on eBay for $79,500 (but offers can be made). Our thanks to Scott L. for this futuristic tip!

Before there was the Batmobile, there was the Lincoln Futura, a concept car developed in 1955 to help promote the senior FOMOCO brand. With Lincoln underpinnings and drivetrain, it was hand-built by Ghia in Italy at a cost then of $250,000 (10 times that today). The Futura’s styling was original by 1950s standards, with a double, clear-plastic canopy top, exaggerated hooded headlight pods, and large, outward-canted tailfins. It was a functional vehicle unlike many concept autos of the day. Styling elements of the Futura would find their way into other Ford products of the 1950s and 1960s.

The original Futura was modified by George Barris for the TV show, and he built four more copies that relied on a Galaxie or Thunderbird chassis. The seller’s car is itself a copy, custom built by Batrodz out of Long Island, New York, who has experience in producing cars like these. We’re told it’s the only one made that merges the Futura and the Batmobile with a C4 Corvette. It, too, is a functioning driving-quality car, but it’s not street legal by definition in many states.

Under the 20-foot fiberglass body is a stretched ’87 Corvette convertible that has 77,000 miles on it (as backed up by the odometer reading). The purpose of the transplant is to flaunt itself and the owner at various shows and parades, not to be driven regularly on the highways and byways. The ride height has recently been raised for added suspension travel and better ride quality, thus the Futura C4 may sit higher than the photos portray.

When you look in the passenger compartment, it looks nothing like what Batman and Robin availed themselves of. It has all the earmarks of a ‘Vette plus cool features like a media center with a fold-out touch screen. Besides not being DOT compliant, this C4 will not pass California emissions requirements. So don’t plan on running down to the corner store in this car – no matter how great the urge!

Comments

  1. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    I find it truly annoying when someone refers to a car’s condition as being “minty”.

    But this one, well it is in fact, simply…minty.

    Like 35
  2. Jim

    Thank you for sharing. Sale is pending.

    Like 6
  3. Daniel Tanna

    Sadly they cut corners and put the lazy boy recliner seats in it and an 80’s K car steering wheel. I suppose you could likely find a lincoln style interior from 55 to put in there to make it appear more realistic than an overpriced piece of fiberglass.

    Like 1
    • nlpnt

      They didn’t “put in” anything to the interior, certainly not a Mopar steering wheel – that’s pure stock C4 Corvette.

      Like 9
  4. Billyray

    That looks like a pretty big blind spot in the windshield.

    Like 12
  5. CCFisher

    I’m thinking this would be fun to be seen in, but a stock ’87 Corvette would be much more fun to drive.

    Like 7
    • Tman

      Or be made fun of

      Like 4
  6. matthew grant

    weird.

    Like 3
  7. Lee Wells

    Holy catfish face Batman!

    Like 3
    • Michael Garner

      I was thinking more along the line of “Holy Batsh_t Batman!!”

      Like 4
  8. Howie

    I think it looks great, but what were they smoking when they picked that color?

    Like 9
  9. david r

    This is exactly what they thought a 2022 year car would look like in 1960. Surprised it wasn’t nuclear powered.

    Like 7
  10. Hemi321@hotmail.com

    I’ve seen another one custom made on a hot rod show on California identical

  11. Tony B.

    I feel it’s a lot more of a tribute to the batmobile than the Futura… So many of design elements were changed or left off of this. Looks like a fiberglass Batmobile repop that was painted mint. Not a bad looking, or poorly executed car…just less Futura-like imo…

    Like 7
  12. Madlad

    That is a stock ’87 corvette interior, except for the dash modifications. Even the console down to the buttons.
    I have a ’87 corvette with red interior and changed my dash.

    Like 4
  13. Scott Marquis

    Fresh from the Palm Springs bat cave.

    Like 3
  14. DLO

    Of course, it an 87 corvette!! Why didn’t I see that.

  15. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Scott L: I posted this one to Barn Finds too. Good eye.
    My link came from Hemmings.
    https://www.hemmings.com/listing/1987-chevrolet-corvette-438606

    It’s about the funkiest thing I’ve seen in a long while.

  16. Brendon

    Definitely a mix of the two cars. it has the Batmobile fin extensions into the doors as well as the wheel openings and more of a Batmobile hood scoop. the front and rear ends remain more Futura. A good website on the batmobile and Futura: http://1966batmobile.com/

    Like 1
  17. Lothar... of the Hill People

    I think someone went through a lot of work to make a car that everybody and their brother will ask about. Unfortunately, they will all ask why the Batmobile is green.

    Like 6
  18. Steve Clinton

    “this one-of-a-kind automobile is available”, but with that color, it will stay that way.

    • Howie

      Steve i will agree on that nasty color, but the listing is no more.

      Like 1
  19. joenywf64

    I wonder what happened to all the original futura parts after they were removed to make the Batmobile – such as the chrome bumpers, MOTORIZED clear bubble tops!!!, steering wheel with the SPEEDO/ODOM/WARNING LITES ON THE STEERING COLUMN HUB!, etc.
    I sure hope those parts were not destroyed! Were they?
    I would have made this replica as close as possible to the original – in color, interior, body, etc. The original also did not have fender flares or that green hood “scoop”, much less mag wheels & raised white letter tires!
    https://www.carstyling.ru/cars.1955_Lincoln_Futura.html
    & the last thing i want to see in a replica dream car of the 50s is an interior that looks like a modern blah colorless one!

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