• This 90-Foot Replica of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batmobile Actually Works

By "actually works" we mean that some areas work better than others

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It was June 23, 1989, when Tim Burton’s noir take on the story of Batman hit the cinemas. Michael Keaton played Bruce Wayne, Kim Basinger was Vicki Vale, and that movie’s Batmobile was, well, probably one of the coolest Batmobiles to ever serve the Dark Knight. So, what if we told you that somewhere in the UK, someone built a working replica powered by a V-8?

This 90-Foot Replica of Tim Burton's 1989 Batmobile Actually Works
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The 90-foot Batmobile replica is a tad younger than the car it mirrors. It was built in 2016 using a 1965 Ford Mustang and for the better part of its life, it sat inside the London Motor Museum in Hillingdon before the local council decided to shut it down over unpaid business rates.

Power comes from a 5.7-liter Chevy V-8 - we know, an odd engine to drop inside a Mustang - hidden under a carbon fiber body. But as it turns out, the lightweight armor isn’t exactly helping the Batmobile’s drivability case. Even though it is functional, the bad brakes make this Batmobile replica a "terrifying car." Or at least that’s what DriveTribe’s Mike Fernie had to report after jumping behind the wheel of the thing, where, by the way, you’ll be greeted by a ridiculously low amount of visibility.

This 90-Foot Replica of Tim Burton's 1989 Batmobile Actually Works
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What’s even crazier is that despite all this, the car is road-legal. Plus, it was once offered up to auction at one of Bonhams’ events but for some reason, was withdrawn. The price estimate ran between $27,000 and $42,000, which is not exactly cheap for a car than can’t stop or decelerate properly.

Luckily, Lego is selling a $249.99 set that also mimics the Tim Burton-era Batmobile and it comes with over 3,300 pieces, pop-up machine guns, a detailed cockpit, and all the goodness you’ll even need on your desk. That said, we definitely know which Batmobile we’d rather have. Do you?

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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