Hooniverse Weekend Edition: A Monstrosity From The Hard Drive

Welcome to another when I get around to it semi regular posting with a monstrosity I found on my hard drive. This one is a fairly recent addition.

To this olelongrooffan, there is only one Batmobile and that would be the original one designed by George Barris of Barris Kustom City. It is based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura he bought directly from FOMOCO for a single saw buck. I know there are many newer generations of the Batmobile but to me the original is always the best.
Having said that, last weekend while doing a walk about at the Spring Fling I found this:

I have absolutely no freaking idea what this thing is. Ted Vernon, a car dealer with questionable taste quite a bio, is based out of south Florida brought this and a bunch of other cars up to try and unload out there at the track. This one appears to have a vintage Corvette nose but I can’t seem to grasp what coupe it is based on and according to his website about this thing, it is based on a 1999 Cavalier!!

And trust me my fellow Hoons, anyone investing 60 large in this monstrosity should be committed. However, at $18,500, this is a “money maker”!!

And the ass end of it? WTF?
Original Batmobile Image found here.

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  1. facelvega Avatar

    Well, though everything you say is true, it's still an improvement on a stock '99 Cavalier.

  2. James Avatar

    Looks like a Neon two door to me.
    And a choice between a stock Neon or Cavalier 2 door, or that thing – all else being equal – I'd take the Bat Mobile.

  3. $kaycog Avatar

    I agree that the only real Batmobile is the Barris' Lincoln Futura. There are many hideous imitations out there, and that Corvette-nosed thing is one of the most hideous.
    <img src="http://bursky.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/batmobiletimeline.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  4. Speedygopher Avatar

    Bruce Wayne should buy this. And then run it over with the Tumbler.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Nah this is the Joker's ride.

  5. west_coaster Avatar

    That image appears to have been taken near the Bronson caves in Franklin Canyon, where the famous "Batcave" entrance shots were done for the show.
    (Sorry kids, it's not actually below the house used as Wayne Manor, which is in the San Rafael neighborhood of Pasadena overlooking the Arroyo Seco.)

  6. tonyola Avatar

    It looks like the "creator" started to turn the Cav into a Corvette pastiche, but then someone put psilocybin 'shrooms in the spaghetti sauce and our hero ended up in a catatonic state in front of the TV during a Nick At Night Batman marathon. This is the result. If you can, please let us know whether this thing actually gets sold.

  7. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

    "Original" is not the word I'd choose for the Barris Batmobile. The earliest cars to be called the Batmobile appeared in 1940-1941. I've always thought the forties Batmobile looked most like GM's fastback coupes; take a black Cadillac club coupe, add red trim, Cord 812SC-style exhaust pipes, a big bat-head ram on the nose, and a giant fin, and you pretty much have it. It was replaced in 1950 by a bigger car, still with the vertical fin, but with a bubble-top canopy. That survived until '64, when it was replaced by a smaller convertible, and then the Barris TV car.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Here's an interesting site prepared by someone apparently with too much time on their hands, but thorough nonetheless. It covers every single Batmobile ever drawn, made, or shown.

      1. facelvega Avatar

        Wow, looking over that site, it seems that in the 1940s batman drove what looks like a Tatra, and then in 1950 switched to a Facel Vega front with a Giulietta SS rear end. Apparently Batman said he wanted it to be ten years ahead of anything else on wheels, but he only got half that before those cars were on the road.

  8. Black Steelies Avatar

    A V8 rear wheel drive Cavalier? If so, consider my interest mildly piqued.

    1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Sadly the ad says it's a 2.2L.

  9. skitter Avatar

    On the whole, it's a mess.
    But I really like a lot of the individual elements.
    The use of red is excellent.
    Aside from the diamond plate, I can seriously enjoy the rear fenders.
    And even though it didn't work out, I can see what the creator was going for with the boattail.

  10. NothingHappens Avatar

    Disgusting. The responsible parties should be taken out and hung, drawn, and quartered. As should the dealer. There is no way that 60k was "invested" in that car unless the builder counted 50k in narcotics consumed whilst creating.
    I feel $185.00 is a very fair, and Lemons worthy, price.

  11. mdharrell Avatar

    One worrisome aspect is that "Ted" was willing to express, in public, in writing, a belief that it is possible for him to 'trade down' from here…
    followed by an explanation of what this means, in case the concept is utterly alien in this context…
    followed by a different explanation of what this means, in case the concept is still utterly alien in this context.
    I suspect even Ted has his doubts on this one.

  12. Eastaboga Avatar

    <img src="http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRJbjEPXxKJL2IqqRb-rCTIz1NUs7LRNwgG3byYU-rzygo2Hhlg&quot; alt="ChumpCar Batmobile"/> $60,000 to make a Batmobile out of a '99 Cavalier?? In ChumpCar somebody made one out of a Saturn for $500!!

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