This Insanely Cool Batmobile Replica Is Road Legal

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Beneath the sleek bodywork is a 1965 Ford Mustang.

Everyone has their favorite Batmobile, whether it's the original car based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept that starred in the 1960s Batman TV series or the heavily armored Tumbler tank in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' trilogy and 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'. In the upcoming reboot movie 'The Batman' starring Robert Pattinson, the Batmobile will be redesigned once again, resembling classic American muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger.

If your favorite ride for the Caped Crusader is the Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 'Batman' movie, this accurate replica is looking for a new owner. Best of all, it's road legal. According to The Daily Mail, the replica was built in 2016 by a specialist UK company.

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It's designed to resemble the iconic Batmobile driven by the Caped Crusader in the 1989 'Batman' and 1992 'Batman Returns' movies starring Michael Keaton. Affectionally known as the "Keaton Batmobile," the replica certainly looks convincing, accurately replicating the Batmobile's long hood, prominent jet turbine, and rear fender wings.

Beneath the sleek bodywork is a 1965 Ford Mustang. After the replica was built, it was bought and displayed by the London Motor Museum. After being forced to close due to "a row with local council", the museum is now selling the Mustang-based Batmobile. While the Batmobile in the movies is turbine-powered, the replica is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 but the output isn't known.

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It's also fitted with license plates and turn signals, so it should be road legal. But considering it measures 23 feet long, it won't be very practical if its future owner decides to take it out on the public road.

"It is absolutely vast and took us four hours just getting it off the lorry. I have never seen anything quite like it and it is so exciting to see how it gets on," said Bonhams expert Harry Fox-Edwards. "Footage from the time shows it being fired up on a rolling road so everything suggests that it will work just fine."

This insanely cool Batmobile replica will be going under the hammer at the upcoming Bonhams MPH March Auction on March 20. With no reserve, it's expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 ($27,274 and $40,911).

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Source Credits: Daily Mail

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