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1989 Made for Movie Batmobile

1989 Made for Movie Batmobile in Batman, Movie, 1989 IMDB

Class: Cars, Custom — Model origin: US — Built in: UK

1989 Made for Movie Batmobile

Position 01:04:44 [*][*][*][*][*] The vehicle is part of the movie

Comments about this vehicle


Arnaultl FR

2006-01-02 18:31


the last "Batmobile", is a full "original" car, with an C6 Corvette engine, fit on tubular chassis, with many other parts from other cars (transaxle, axle, ...), and "home made" parts to link all of this parts. Obviously, many false cars are used for scenes. But on other scènes, it's a self-running car, with engine, steering, driver, and others stuffs.

The source : article on "Nitro magazine", about the "new" Batmobile.

Hope many people can understand my poor description :lol:

-- Last edit: 2006-01-02 18:33:04

Junkman UK

2006-01-08 02:35


These Batmobiles (yes, there is more than one) were built in England off the stretched-out platforms of a Chevrolet Caprice and a Buick Riviera, which were literally scrounged from a scrapyard. The cars were fully driveable and used in the two Batman films directed by Tim Burton.

ben68 BE

2006-01-08 19:04


Batmobile history: http://www.batmobilehistory.com/
Some interesting info on Batmobile toys : http://www.spencer1984.com/index.php
Unfortunately, nothing I could find concerning what could have been the chassis or engine make of the 1989 Batmobile.

Jaqob P. NL

2006-01-12 16:58


The batmobile is an electronic wizard that is filled with gadgets, electronics, computers and calculators.
It is voice-controlled with an interior that features contoured seats, aircraft instrumentation and a weapon system that includes two Browning submachine guns. A Jet turbine engine delivers 1,5000 lbs. of thrust which powers this sesational creation from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 3.7 seconds.

Engine Type: Jet Turbine
Thrust: 1500 lbs. at 103% ROS
Torque: 1750 lbs./ft. at 98.7% ROS
0 to 60 MPH: 3.7 sec,
Top Speed: Unknown
Brake Rating: Excellent
Wheelbase: 141.0 in.
Length: 260.7 in.
Width: 94.4 in.
Height: 51.2 in.
Wheels: Cast alloy, 15 x 6.5
Tires: High aspect L60-15
Fuel Requirement: High octane 97% special

-- Last edit: 2010-01-05 19:50:14 (G-MANN)

Lexx HU

2006-01-20 15:51


From the batmobilehistory page linked above:

Anton Furst was hired as production designer for Gotham City and the Batmobile

spliced together two Impala chassis, and the car was powered by a Chevy V8.

philr CA

2006-02-03 08:14


GM used this car in their TV ads in Canada back in the early nineties (and identified it as a GM product!).

geekmetal US

2008-07-14 08:48


Popular science or Popular Mechanics(can't remember which) had an article about this car back in 1990 and it said the Frame was a 1969 Impala.. it was widened by 6" and stretched 20"

jessenypr PR

2009-04-10 22:28


this car is up for auction at Barrett-jackson Palm Beach 2009 Today (lot # 663)
Listed as a Buick


2010-01-05 20:45


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Side-firing grappling hook:

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Cocoon-like shield:
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Voice-activated remote control:
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Browning machine guns:
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On the special edition DVD there's a featurette about the Batmobile. It was designed by Production Designer Anton Furst and built by the production team in 14 weeks. So definetely "Made for Movie". I think they said the chassis was taken from some car and modified and they built a fibreglass body to put over it. The engine was from an Chevrolet Impala (according to one of the old crew memebers interviewed) and it had other parts taken from real vehicles including petrol caps from a London Bus, taillights provided by Ferrari and the headlights were from a Honda Civic, turned upside down and painted yellow. On the test track it managed to do 90mph before it started to shake.

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-- Last edit: 2012-02-07 16:36:13

starcarcentral.com US

2010-06-03 19:11


www.starcarcentral.com and www.chicksdigthecar.com for more info on the original and working street legal versions.
In the first Keaton movie, the batmobile was wider than the cars made for the second movie Batman Returns. Several cars were built on various donor frames.
There are now a few working street legal replicas around the world.

aussiemuscle308 AU

2011-02-02 01:58


Junkman wrote These Batmobiles (yes, there is more than one) were built in England

i thought they were built in the USA and shipped to England. they had problems fitting them into shipping containers.

demetrie US

2011-03-22 11:56


From the Joker(played by Jack Nicolson):"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

-- Last edit: 2011-03-22 11:58:19

Mr A89 SX

2011-07-21 16:39


Two cars were built for the movie by John Evans and his SFX team at Pinewood. Both cars were finished in 14 weeks. Later on after the movie had been filmed Jay O cut 4" off each rear wheel arch to have a car transported to the USA then Japan and to promote the movie. SFX engineer Andy Smith accompanied this car to explain the opperation of the various gadgets. The #1 'Hero' car was based on a single Chevrollet Impala chassis cut and stretched to a 141" wheel base.
This is from Andy Smith..
"I took the two cars over there for the second film, went through them mechanically, showed the FX guys how all the stuff worked and then left them to it. I don't know if you recall a TV series called Dempsey and Makepeace, but in one of the episodes they jump a big pink Oldsmobile Cutlass convertable, this is actually the basis for car #2. We found out, well into the build that the rear of the chassis was twisted, so the rear of this car was replaced with one from an ambulance the vehicle guys had lying around. Hence there are no formed chassis extensions in this car, as there are in #1. Oh how different things would be when we made the Tumbler!"

Link to "i300.photobucket.com"

Andy Smith is on the far left (he is the only one not to have signed the pic - yet!)

-- Last edit: 2011-07-21 18:16:16 (130rapid)

Mr A89 SX

2011-07-21 16:42


Andy Smith also worked on the Tumbler for Batman Begins/Dark Knight

Link to "i300.photobucket.com"

-- Last edit: 2011-07-21 18:15:29 (130rapid)

130rapid PL

2011-07-21 18:14


Thumbrial, please!

antp BE

2011-07-22 16:34


Thumbrial? A mix of thumbnail and tumbler? :D


2011-08-07 18:44


Here is a video of the making of this freaking epic car enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJq2NqzhHyE&feature=related

-- Last edit: 2017-10-09 07:37:45

Jimmy MuscleCar US

2012-04-14 21:02



Arnie944 EN

2013-04-04 23:07


My name is Alan Sparrowhawk and I was one of the people who made the Batmobile in the Michael Keaton film 1989.It was made in Battersea London.

arnie944 EN

2013-04-05 18:28


Mr A89 the Batmobile S were not built at Pinewood studios,They were built at Protocol Mouldings in Battersea.Owned by a gentleman called Jack Lovell I know this because u was employed by him and also helped in making the Batmobile.Yes two cars were made.

ChristianCav UK

2013-05-13 11:07


Arnie944 - Hi My name is Christian and my father purchased a Batman Car made by Jack Lovell at Protocol Mouldings which he still owns. It is approx 9ft long and has a Honda 2 stroke engine and still in working condition. I believe he also made a larger version as a prop for the movie. Jack had a newspaper article at the time which he kept in his portfolio.
I was wondering if you worked on this car, if you know what newspaper it was in, or could tell us a little more about it's background.
Jack told us it was used in the film and we would love to know more.

Lovell UK

2013-08-18 23:50


I am the widow of John Lovell who built the original 1989 batmobile in the family workshop in Battersea and have been reading your posts with interest. Where are all these comments coming from. Very few people know the true facts and they were the ones working at Protocol Mouldings at the time.

sergione6 IT

2013-12-10 12:56


hello me interested contact lovell for some information, me have one batmobile produced by protocoll mouldings reduced version
motorized honda.
how many models were produced in this version? what was the price originally?

ChristianCav UK

2014-06-03 17:14


Hi Mrs Lovell,
I checked for a while to see if there was any response but didn't see any and gave up. I just looked again out of interest and saw your comment.
My father actually visited your house once to see if he could look again at the newspaper clippings you had which featured the car he bought. We have tried to search for the article but he couldn't remember which paper it was featured in. He does know where you live but hasn't wanted to impose or scare you in case you didn't remember him.
He would dearly love to speak with you about it. if you email me your contact details to christiancavanagh@hotmail.co.uk I will get him to give you a call.
Just so you know, it is in a good home and well looked after. although my name suggests I am a man I am actually a 40 year old lady! I have a son called who is 2 and who is next in line to drive the Batmobile! (my sisters three children have all driven it but are now grown up).
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards, Mrs Christian Cavanagh

Gamer DE

2014-06-03 17:15


Sorry, but I just can't resist: who calls his/her son "who is 2" anyway? [:rofl]

-- Last edit: 2014-06-04 18:09:01

ChristianCav UK

2014-06-03 17:36


haha I missed his name- its Charles - who is 2!

Gamer DE

2014-06-03 19:39


Sorry, but I got you mixed up with a person who used to spam the site with random things. So yeah, that stuff you wrote isn't bullsh*t. ;)

-- Last edit: 2014-06-03 19:58:59

rockstarnorth225 PH

2014-06-03 19:40


Gamer wrote Sorry, but I got you mixed up with a person who used to spam the site with random things. So yeah, that stuff you wrote isn't bullshit. ;)

Please watch your language we are not on YouTube. :)

-- Last edit: 2014-06-03 19:40:19


2015-04-03 13:51


Origin: USA.


2016-01-19 17:26


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhuYwq2xC45XmCmqZ8wbdJC2CSijtixGB :) :) :)

michail2003 UA

2016-07-12 08:35



Skid US

2016-09-07 03:27


Mr A89 wrote I don't know if you recall a TV series called Dempsey and Makepeace, but in one of the episodes they jump a big pink Oldsmobile Cutlass convertable, this is actually the basis for car #2.

Not a Cutlass and it doesn't appear to be pink, but I'm assuming this is the car referenced, since it's the only Oldsmobile convertible I'm aware of from that series: /vehicle_288382-Oldsmobile-Delta-88-Royale-1975.html

Arnie944 EN

2017-01-26 16:58


Hi Christian,after making the Batmobile Jack made two smaller versions of the Batmobile.Yes I helped to make them.He put one in the Evening Standard for a competition and the other went to beauleigh in a showroom.

Arnie944 EN

2017-01-26 17:02


Mr A89 there is a picture above,its the pattern from which a mould was made. In this picture is my Dad and a gentleman called Bob.Funny I didn't know pinewood studio's was in or near Battersea.

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