The Batman comic first appeared in 1939 and it was published by DC Comics. The Dark Knight was one of the original superhero characters even though it actually didn’t have any superpowers. Batman relied on technology and his skills to fight crime. In contrast to all other superheroes who were modeled as perfect and politically correct figures, Batman was always a bit dark character, plagued by his own demons and hiding behind the mask. We can safely say that he was, in fact, a first true Noir superhero.
However, since Batman relied heavily on his gear, one of the most important parts of his appeal was his car. Named “Batmobile” this was extraordinary contraption in every way. Batmobiles can shoot missiles; have radar, autopilot, and host of other stuff which makes fighting crime in Gotham city easier. But, most of all, Batmobiles have a unique and flamboyant design which is not anything else created in the automobile world.
Even though the Batmobile is a fictional vehicle, numerous manufacturers presented real-life cars which could match its unique style. Cars that were flamboyant, crazy, obscure and hard to forget. Not all were production models, some were just concepts but all could be considered a real-life Batmobiles, especially if painted in black. Here they are:
1. Buick Y Job
Arguably, the first concept car in the world was the 1939 Buick Y Job. It was the brainchild of famous GM designer Harley Earl who designed the car for show circuit and to show the future trends and design solutions. The Y Job was famous for its hidden headlights, smooth lines, and elegant appearance. It was built on regular production chassis and with standard drivetrain but featured special interior.
Unlike some other concept cars which are purely for show purposes, the Y Job was a fully functional vehicle and in fact, it was used by Harley Earl for many years. If you look at the design of early `50 Buick models, you will notice resemblance with the Y Job concept.