Behold the Batlimo

I had heard about the “Batmobile” that’s occasionally seen in Tribeca, but I had never actually spotted it (which struck me as remarkable because I walk these streets). Well, yesterday was my lucky day: The Lincoln Town Car limousine that has been transformed into a semi-reptilian Transformer-like thing was parked on Franklin Place, the mini-street that runs between Franklin and White, just west of Broadway. I walked by it once and took some photos; on my way home from La Colombe, I realized I should take more photos, just in case. As I approached, I noticed that a young family was checking it out. “Do you like my car?” I asked. (I quickly admitted that I was joking.) I can’t find anything online about the car other than this blog post. If anyone knows anything about it, please email

UPDATE 4/4: Photographer Ellinor Stigle, who posted a comment below, sent in the iPhone photo she took a while back (it’s at the bottom of the page). As you can see, the Batlimo didn’t used to be so rusty….




  1. Dear Tribeca Citizen,

    You always manage to put a smile on my face in the morning.
    So the mysterious batmobile is all cleaned up now (I notice from your photos)….
    As you know I have been curious about this for a while now and I just want to ad that who ever the owner is he/she has let it stay out in the winter weather this year and the customized pieces have rusted and a few weeks ago it looked to dingy that I suspected it abandoned.

    I can’t wait to find out the story behind this Mad Max piece of vehicle.


  2. the batmobile does move from franklin place to regular street parking on franklin from time to time. love that this was covered. i’ve been wondering about it too!

  3. Occasionally seen in Tribeca?? Try always. I live on this block and this thing is there almost night. The novelty wore off quickly. Now I think it’s kind of creepy.

  4. I should think with all that reinforcing, it would stand up well to garage parking & resist bumper dings!

  5. I just saw this in chinatown

  6. That thing is sweet!! Thanks for linking to my website in your article; I’ve been getting some traffic through your site. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first spotted this gem.