According to, there are some interesting facts about the original Batmobile.  The replica of which you can see at the Rod & Custom Auto show at the QCCA Expo Center this weekend....

Batman TV series/1966 movie Batmobile (driven by Adam West)

  • The vehicle was built from a nonfunctioning 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura concept car that cost $250,000
  • Car customizer George Barris bought the concept car for $1 and had three weeks and $15,000 to turn it into the Batmobile, which included adding a Ford Galaxy chassis
  • The oil slick sprayers on the car were made from lawn sprinklers
  • The “jet engine” on the car is actually a 5-gallon paint can
  • The car was originally painted a dull gray with white stripes, but when they first shot the car coming out of the Batcave with Adam West, Barris felt the vehicle didn’t pop — so he went back and repainted it with 40 coats of super gloss black paint and orange stripes
  • The Bat-parachutes on the back to slow the vehicle actually worked
  • George Barris got a ticket driving the Batmobile
  • There were six cars used during the shooting of the TV show and the movie, including two tour cars, a stunt car, a crash car and a “hero” car used for close shots

You & the kids are going to love this thing!!  Come see it:

The 33rd annual Rod and Custom Auto, Motorcycle & product show presented by Diamonds on the Avenue, is the premier car show in the Quad Cities and features exhibitors displaying and selling auto related parts and accessories, plus custom cars and rods will be on display.

Over 100 exhibitors and vendors!

Hot Rods, Custom Cars, and Vintage Vehicles!


FRI 1 P.M. – 9 P.M.

SAT 10 A.M. – 9 P.M.

SUN 10 A.M.- 3 P.M.

Friday the 22nd is Military Appreciation Day, presented by Sexton Ford. Free admission for all military personnel with ID.