Contaminated Cowl episode from 1967

 

Original Door Bat Design  Builder Date Built Engine Chassis Body Construction Reason Created Weight Current Owner

Last known Sale Price

Replica #3 & 4 doorbat

Barris Kustom City November 1966 427ci Holman & Moody 1966 Ford Galaxie Fiberglass Exhibition & Drag Racing 3800lb Doug Jackson

12/98-$95,000 6/00-$217,000*

*Not confirmed 

 

The "Dragster" Batmobile was built in late '66 and utilized in '67 for exhibition runs at local dragstrips throughout the U.S.  They included Cecil County Dragway, Dover Drag Strip, Motor City Dragway, Lions Drag Strip, Island Dragway, Richmond Dragway and the Irwindale Raceway. The car had a more powerful 427 ci engine than its brothers, a bigger wheel & tire combo and the only replica that shot flames from the turbine exhaust.  When professionally driven by "Wild Bill" Shrewsberry, it could run the 1/4 mile in 12 seconds while approaching speeds of 117 mph with "loud exhaust and flames belching out of the tail pipes."  
 
In 1967 at Island Dragway in NJ, "Many youngsters were chosen at random with lucky tickets to ride in either of the two vehicles. This proved very exciting for the selected children, since all were anxious to ride in their hero's fabulous Batmobile and Batcycle."
 

Click here to watch a 1967 video of Bill Shrewsberry driving the Batmobile and read my 2008 interview with Bill here.

CLICK HERE for the montage!

1967 ad 1967 ad 1967 article 1967

 

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"In February 1967, my parents took my sister Terri and me to the car show at the Oakland Coliseum Arena (Oakland, CA).  There were tons of Hot Rods there, but the car that caught my attention the most was The Batmobile."

Tom Young

 

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Around 1967

Courtesy of Scott Nonnenman

Around 1967

Courtesy of Scott Nonnenman

At Irwindale Racetrack

Irwindale Racetrack

The Dragster on the Irwindale Racetrack

Bill Shrewsberry driving

On the racetrack

Bill Shrewsberry at Irwindale Racetrack

June 1967

Cecil County Dragway in late  1967

In front of Barris Kustom

Getting loaded onto its trailer

Courtesy of Barris Kustom Industries

Getting loaded onto its trailer

The Bat-wagon

The Bat-wagon

Bill Shrewsberry 1967

Bill Shrewsberry

The Batmobile, wagon and trailer

Irwindale Racetrack

The Dragster on the Irwindale Racetrack

Irwindale Racetrack

1967

Irwindale Racetrack

427 ci engine

The 427 ci engine

1967 Newspaper photo

1967 Newspaper article

1967

1967

Courtesy of Barris Kustom Industries

1967

Rader Rim

A close-up of the Rader rims

On the racetrack

1967

On the racetrack

1967

1967 in Las Vegas, NV

Tracy & Jerry Hickman in 1967

Carla and Kim

Carla & Kim in 1967 in TX

Mark Maddalina in the late 60's in NY

Mark Maddalina in 1967

1967 in NV

1967

Courtesy of Jack Ellison

1968 car show in Phoenix, AZ

#4

Circa 1970's

1970

George Barris 1970

#4

Circa 1970's

Courtesy of Kevin Oppendike

George Barris 1970

George Barris in the #4

George Barris 1970

1970

 1970

1971

1971

The Dragster

Interior

Courtesy of Barry Ross

Mid 1980's

Wade in Tazewell, VA in October 1991

Wade Astin in 1991

Courtesy Wade Astin

Tazewell, VA in 1991

Courtesy Wade Astin

Tazewell, VA in 1991

Courtesy Wade Astin

Tazewell, VA in 1991

Courtesy of Charlie Kopishke

1993

Courtesy of Charlie Kopishke

1993

Courtesy of Charlie Kopishke

1993

Courtesy of Charlie Kopishke

Philadelphia Civic Center 1993

Courtesy of Ernie Renn

Gatlinburg, TN

Courtesy of Charlie Kopishke

Side view

The Dragster

Chain Cutter

The Number 4-Dragster

The Dragster

The Dragster

Beacon

Courtesy of Ernie Renn

Nashville, TN

Courtesy of Ernie Renn

Nashville, TN

Courtesy of Ernie Renn

Nashville, TN

Courtesy of Judy Hampton

The Dragster in 2000

Courtesy of Judy Hampton

The Dragster in 2000

Joey Robinson

Batgirl *

Courtesy of Maurice

Batmobile & Bat-Viper *

Courtesy of Maurice

2001 *

Courtesy of Maurice

2001 *

The Dragster

2001 Palo Alto, CA

Notice the four vents for air release

2001 Palo Alto, CA

New beacon, and chrome trim--Looks great!

2001 Palo Alto, CA

Courtesy of Rick

June 2005

Courtesy of Rick

June 2005

Courtesy of Rick

June 2005

Courtesy of Rick

June 2005

Courtesy of Rick

June 2005

Courtesy of Rick

June 2005

2013

2013

2013

2013

* Thanks to Maurice from the Northern CA, Viper Club of America for sharing these photos!

Front view with chain cutter

My visit with the #4 Batmobile 

Bay Area, CA, June 26, 2001 - I was fortunate enough to get a personal tour of the #4 Batmobile from its current owner, Doug Jackson.  Doug bought the “Dragster” approximately 2 years ago from Ralph Spencer of Florida. 

Nestled in its own Batcave in the Bay Area, CA., you will not find any atomic piles or Bat-computers there, but a friendly dog named “Elvis”, a Porsche 911, and some Batman related pictures on the walls.

The tour started with the engine compartment. We tilted up the heavy fiberglass hood to unveil the mammoth 427 cubic inch Holman & Moody racing engine. Doug went about showing me the modifications that were made under the hood, including: new front brakes (rotors, etc), master cylinder, air cleaner, new radiator, new driving lights, new electrical system, and much more.  

One of the coolest features on the car is the front saw blade.  At the flick of a switch, the blade drops down the slot in the front nose area.  A second switch turns on the saw blade which is then ready to cut through any obstacle that gets in its way.

The next stop was the interior of the car.  The Batmobile was treated to new seats (styled like the originals), seatbelts, steering wheel, carpet and a new front canopy (with the correct chrome trim too).  

The exterior has virtually remained unchanged except for 3 new pipes and new black cloth parachute packs.  The car is even equipped with a working turbine-exhaust that shoots flames from the rear--Great for cooking up s'mores! 

Doug plans on continuing to fix up the car and displaying it at local car shows and charity events.

The interior
Side view The interior
Engine compartment Interior
Hood open Watch out for the flames!!
427 CI engine Watch out for the flames
Hood open Tire & Rim
Side view Original Batmobile parts
Batmobile

Bay Area, CA, April 14, 2002 - The "Dragster" is looking sharper than ever!  I was taken for a spin in the Batmobile and able to take more photos of the car.  It drives, rides & sounds like a 60's muscle car--Big & Loud!  Yes, I even got to drive it too.

To help restore the car to its original '66 condition Doug has done the following: Added Radir rims, 3 new pipes on the deck, and Barris/Ford insignias on the driver's side area.  

Thanks Doug!

Batmobile
Batmobile Batmobile
August 2013

Henderson, NV, August 9, 2013 - The Dragster is currently being restored to look like it did in 1967.  The exterior had its beacon light replaced and restored.  The car is now wearing the original style redline tires and the drive train has been spruced-up.  The dash is being treated to new (vintage) Bat-gadgets to recreate how it looked in '67.  The original '58 Edsel steering wheel has been placed back on the car.

UPDATE: May 2014: The #4 Batmobile is being restored by Fiberglassfreaks.com

August 2013
August 2013 August 2013