We bet this will grab more attention than any Lambo.
If you were born in this century, you have probably never heard of Lincoln's Futura concept from 1955. That said, you may recognize it as the basis of one of the most iconic Batmobiles ever made. Either way, it's the sort of car that you simply cannot buy, and that's a real pity. It harks back to a time when Lincoln was building some of the finest luxury cars America had to offer, and while plans are being made to recapture that fire in the future, there's a strong attraction to the ambitious and eclectic designs of the 1950s. So how does one satisfy the desire for a car that is unobtainable? By creating their own take on it, of course.
The custom creation before your eyes comes from James Benken, owner of Batrodz Resurrection Garage in Jamesport, New York. After watching his build unfold over the past few months, CarBuzz caught up with him to find out what went into this incredible masterpiece.
"After building Gotham Roadster-style cars for many years, I had an idea for doing something different, so I came up with the 1955 Lincoln Future hot rod concept last year," recalls Benken.
But rather than simply recreating something from days gone by, Benken put his own unique spin on the styling and says that "the car design is a hybrid mix of the 1955 Futura concept car, 1966 Barris Batmobile, and C4 Corvette."
The Corvette connection runs deeper though, as the hot rod is "built on a stretched C4 Corvette convertible platform." That means it already has all the structural upgrades necessary for open-top motoring and features a "more modern drivetrain, interior, and suspension." As such, it has power sport seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an aftermarket infotainment system with a reverse camera, and a Corvette cluster that has seen its backlighting changed from orange to green to complement the 1961 Corvette Seafoam Green paint. Another cool touch is the addition of some beefy wheels and tires with custom lettering. Custom badges add yet more detail to an already impressive build.
Naturally, Benken is very proud of his creation and wishes he could keep it, but after eight months of work, he must now sell it and start with the next project, which he has yet to decide on. If you're interested in this unique build, it'll soon be listed for $89,995.