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Real Life Batmobile: Man Spends Two Years Building Iconic 1989 Car

Real Life Batmobile: Man Spends Two Years Building Iconic 1989 Car

COMM: For most comic-book fans, owning a Batmobile is just a pipe dream. But here in Australia
one Batman fanatic has made the dream a reality. By hand-building his own version of the iconic
vehicle. ZAC: What makes this Batmobile different is, it’s street legal. Like I can take it down
and get groceries if i wanted to. The reaction to the car has been insane. BOY: It looks awesome! COMM: Zac Mihajlovic started building the replica four years ago with the help of his
very own Lucius Fox… Grandfather John Greene, a retired engineer. During the two-year build,
the 29-year old was even able to get some of the parts from the car used in the original
film. ZAC: The Batmobile behind me is the 1989 Batmobile and this was the Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson film. It’s got adjustable suspension, it’s got a working afterburner, which is from the film,
no machine gun sadly, no grappling hooks, no bombs that come out the wheel, but pretty
much beyond that… yeah it’s pretty close. COMM: There are thought to be 10 other replica cars of the 1989 Batmobile but Zac believes he’s the only one that can legally drive on public roads. ZAC: The first time I took it out was definitely an experience. I was on the freeway on the
way to Gold Coast and there was this noise and I thought something was wrong with the
car. It’s actually the news helicopter from Channel 9 that chased me down the freeway.
That was pretty memorable. COMM: And not surprisingly the replica has won him plenty of admirers, including the ladies. ANNABELLA: My names Annabella Leone and I’m dating Batman. We’ve been dating for about
four years and can I just say I was with him two years prior to the Batmobile. That’s my
seat, the passenger seat and if any girl out there wants it, I swear to god, dead. COMM: And Zac has also had his fair share of bizarre requests. ZAC: I’ve had a couple ring me up and say ‘I know this is gonna sound weird but we want
to christen the car, so to speak’. And I sort of said I’m not really interested and they
said we’ll pay what you want! And we’ll bring plastic sheets and I’m like you’ve just made
that worse, so no thanks. COMM: Businessmen from across the world have offered Zac big bucks for the Batmobile, but
he has decided to use his powers for good by teaming up with the Make-a-Wish foundation.
who make dreams come true for terminally-ill children. COMM: Today he’s using his comic-book car to impress families at the local shops. ZAC: It’s a brilliant, brilliant charity because it gives kids sadly their dying wish.
I dress up as Batman and I surprise the kids. Sometimes it’s knocking on someones door.
Obviously organised. Some of them run for their lives and it takes a bit of warming
up to get them back into, into the Batmobile. But some are just super pumped. COMM: Over the last three years Zac has helped more than 40 children and has no plans to
stop. COMM: And while he may not be using the Batmobile to fight off the Joker or The Penguin. In
the eyes of many, he’s very much a hero.

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100 thoughts on “Real Life Batmobile: Man Spends Two Years Building Iconic 1989 Car

  1. -to tHe -InConspicuous Bats Cave

    Alfred -Bring My Silky/Pajamas
    -Tuck Me in
    -& Read Me My Bedtime Story

  2. I don鈥檛 believe it!
    It complete crap!
    This dudes lying!

    The Australian government allows him to drive this car on the road, legally?
    You almost need an engineers certificate to change the factory tyres, you can鈥檛 lower a or raise a car more than 2 inches from factory and yet he鈥檚 allowed to register that?
    Someone鈥檚 telling porkys

  3. Spends 2 years making a bat mobile

    A new and more awesome bat mobile proceeds to come out on film shortly afterwards.

  4. Nice. This was always the best Batmobile. It's a beauty. Hope it goes how it looks. Be great built onto a Corvette 馃槈

  5. Absolutely brilliant what he is doing.. what a great Guy the only problem I have with it is they are trying to say it's the only batmobile what can be driven on a road ?

  6. What an Awesome Bloke , onya mate , the car is fantastic too , but the story behind the car was great as well , Keep up the charity work mate, your a bloody legend !!

  7. The original 1989 Batman Batmobile had a matte, deep gray finish. Anton Furst, who designed the car, said that a gloss finish was never in the cards as Batman wouldn鈥檛 have wanted it to look shiny and sleek, and that the car needed more of a machine gun metal, tank finish. Go back and look. In the sequel Batman Returns, the less talented Bo Welch put the shine on and feminized the car with more rounded edges. They are not the same cars.

  8. I admire his efforts, but of all the batmobile models, this is the ugliest one to me. Though, it is a bit iconic

  9. I always thought the thing on the front was a jet engine and the fire was jet exhaust. Now I know it's just an engine cooling fan and a gas-powered exhaust. But in my 4 year old imagination, it was a jet on wheels, baby!

  10. 馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎 a true SuperHero! In a corrupt and pernicious world… we have found our man!

  11. Jeff Dunham the ventriloquist in Los Angeles has a 1989 Batmobile that a street legal. He may have the only street legal one in Australia but he is not the only one in this world that has one that is street legal.

  12. The nerdy idiotic comments about the cumbaia of this pseudo moralistic video shows just how dumb this world is.

  13. This will be cool if an actual city person had this car. You see a lot of this in these little country towns.

    I would be thrilled to see it dashing through San Francisco or Chicago.

  14. Hay Zac !馃榿 I asume you have unsisters from ext Yugoslavia, right ?馃 I will say a comment on serbish language ala ti vera za ovaj Batmobil ! Pozdrav iz Slovenije ! 馃榿馃憣馃憣馃憣馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憦馃憦馃憦


  16. Not a true replica the windshild dor never poped up it opened and closed on back and forth on a moterized automatic track

  17. Is it really street legal? What about the exposed fan on the front and the afterburner. Regardless, it's amazing.

  18. Awesome work,it鈥檚 a truthful replica.The only thing to complete the picture is you wearing the real batsuit from Batman 1989 great movie.

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