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That Time Chevy Made a Batmobile Corvette

by Paul Strauss
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The Batmobile that ended up in the late ’60s Batman TV series was a highly customized 1955 Lincoln Futura. But there was also a chance it could have been a Chevy Corvette. According to Randy Leffingwell’s 2012 book Corvette Sixty Years, before the show went into production, the show’s creators apparently approached General Motors’ designers to create their take on the Dynamic Duo’s ride. The result was this rather silly looking 1967 Corvette.

That’s famed GM designer Chuck Jordan sitting on the hood of the Batvette. The car’s most prominent features were its wacky circular rear spoiler, giant stick-on Bat logos, hood-mounted machine guns, and a big 427 engine protruding through its hood.

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I’m not sure what the deal was with the big bat on the front grille, but I’m assuming the picture of some heartthrob sitting in its middle was only temporary. These photos were taken before Adam West visited the GM Design Center, so that’s probably his headshot.

What I do know is that this isn’t exactly the most attractive C2 Vette, and I’m glad that the went with the Futura and its iconic double-bubble passenger compartment and jet engines out back.

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