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Jan 26, 2013 (3:39 am)
As a very small boy growing up in a small town in rural Victoria, Australia, I was (compliments of two indulgent older sisters who would take me to Saturday afternoon matinees at the local picture theatre), a keen, albeit uncertain, follower of Batman's adventures. This was a 1940's series (repeated in rural Australia in the 1960's because it was really, really cheap entertainment) where Batman drove a black saloon (maybe a Cadillac - someone can correct me, but I think Alfred was the chauffeur). Everything was in black and white, so the Batmobile could had been anything from dark grey to blue or maybe brown.
In the mid '60s there was the TV series (very camp) with a wildly futuristic Batmobile, based on a mid fifties show car, the Lincoln Futura. (okay, I will admit that the most appealing aspect of the show was the car and a remarkably skin type costume, defying fluid dynamics, draped over Eartha Kitt as Catwoman). In the past week, that car, modified by George Barris, has sold for over $4.2m.
The trigger for pondering this is sitting in our garden as our local megabats fly within a metre. The grey headed flying fox has a wingspan of 1.0m (3'3") and makes a clearly audible flapping sound as they seek fruit and insects. They do not have the echo-location of smaller bats and the prospect of being hit by 500g (1lb 2 oz) of rapidly flying bat known for carrying lisavirus (rabies like) and Hendra virus (fatal in all casse of human infection), is a little concerning. They are however magnificent and remind me of the motif of the camp '60s show.
Can anyone recall what the car used in the 1940's serial was. I am hopeless at American cars.
#35655 of 38560 Re: Batman's cars. [grahampeters]
Jan 26, 2013 (5:41 am)
Those foxbat's are huge!
I founds a couple of these images, although I don't know what kind of car it is.
#35656 of 38560 Re: Batman's cars. [explorerx4]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:09 am)
Your photo is of a late 1930s GM Convertible Sedan, either a Cadillac, LaSalle or a Buick, probably a Buick.
1937 Buick Series 40
Great looking cars weren't they?
#35657 of 38560 Re: Batman's cars. [explorerx4]
Jan 26, 2013 (7:08 am)
Definitely 1939 Cadillac, looks longer than normal so probably a 75/Fleetwood.
#35659 of 38560 Re: Last of the breed> [andys120]
Jan 26, 2013 (5:31 pm)
#35660 of 38560 Re: Last of the breed> [andys120]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:10 pm)
#35661 of 38560 Re: Last of the breed> [lostwrench1]
Jan 26, 2013 (6:10 pm)
#35662 of 38560 Re: Last of the breed> [andys120]
Jan 26, 2013 (7:26 pm)
Lamborghini Jarama, never cared for half hidden lights.
#35663 of 38560 Re: Last of the breed> [fintail]
Jan 26, 2013 (7:43 pm)
Yup, the Lamborghini Jarama was the last front-engined Lambo, It was built on a shortened Espada chassis.