Concept Cars: The Lincoln Futura
I was browsing through the latest Minichamps Newsletter “Announcements for the next six weeks” when this thing took my attention – the Lincoln Futura concept car.
Concept cars would make a great theme for a model collection, but that’s not what caught my attention. It’s the fact the original Batmobile was based on this car. Not just based on it; it was actually built with it!
History Lesson: The Car
The 1955 Lincoln Futura concept was designed by Ford’s lead stylists and built in Italy by Ghia. Unlike many concept cars, this one had full running gear and actually worked, powered by a 368ci V8.
After doing the show-car circuit, it was painted red and featured in the movie It Started With A Kiss (1959).
Car customiser George Barris then bought the vehicle, but it sat out the back of his workshop deteriorating for several years. By 1966, he’d turned it into the original Batmobile, as seen in the Batman television series.
In my opinion it is, by far, the classiest of all Batmobiles ever produced.
Both the Batmobile and Futura have been available in model form in various scales and qualities for many years. But now Minichamps have a 1:18 scale offering of the original Lincoln Futura concept car.
Limited to a production run of 999 pieces, these photos from Minichamps show a stunning collectible. As a matter of note, Minichamps have already produced this car in 1:43 scale.
Two Great Race Winners Coming From Apex
Apex Replicas has announced the pending production of two famous Bathurst 1000 winners in 1/43 scale – Peter Brock’s Torana GTR XU-1 from 1972, plus the Dick Johnson/John Bowe Ford Sierra from 1989.
New Releases Coming From Classic Carlectables
Classic Carlectables will produce the Retro Round Commodores the Tripe Eight team ran at the 2017 event at Sandown. Information on these (and much more, like the Torana A9X prototype) can be found in the latest newsletter…