Dubai Sheikh has sights set on $1million Batmobile replica
A perfect replica Batmobile built by a car enthusiast in Australia has garnered high-bidding interest from an anonymous Dubai Sheikh, but the super-superhero fan has refused to part with his prized possession.
Zac Mihajlovic starting building his Batmobile in 2009 using spare parts from an actual Batman film starring actor Michael Keaton in 1989. Once he got official clearance from Hollywood studio Warner Brothers to build the car, Mihajlovic completed construction of the replica, and it is now registered for use on the road... Which has, understandably, attracted a lot of attention – and several wealthy admirers.
"I've been offered close to a million dollars for it from a few people, a businessman in Sydney made an offer and someone on behalf of a Sheik in Dubai made an offer as soon as it was registered," he told the a local newspaper.
"I would say that they were fair offers but... I was not considering selling it and it now provides me an income," he added.
Mihajlovic hires it out for events and also makes it available to the Make-A-Wish charity foundation for sick children who want to meet their favourite superhero and ride in the iconic car. However Mihajlovic admits it is not an exact copy to the one seen in the movie.
"It's got adjustable suspension, it's got a working afterburner, which is from the film – no machine gun sadly, no grappling hooks, no bombs that come out of the wheel, but beyond that, it's pretty close."