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The Long-Lost Original Batmobile Is Up for Sale

The 1956 Oldsmobile 88 modified by Forrest Robinson was rediscovered in 2013.<p><i>(Credit: All Photos Heritage Auctions)</i><p>The very first batmobile is for sale. This modified 1956 Oldsmobile 88 is a far cry from the Batmobile we're familiar with, but the color scheme is unmistakably Batman.<p>In 1956, DC …

This Is the World's Smallest Functional V-12 Engine

You'd never guess it judging by the collection of tiny, intricate works of kinetic art on display in his workshop, but José Manuel Hermo Barreiro, a.k.a. "Patelo," claims to be a "very impatient person." A retired naval mechanic, Patelo continues to create after his contemporaries have ditched …

How We Could Actually Build a Space Colony

In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today, three classic space-colony concepts.<p><b>Name:</b> Bernal sphere; Stanford torus; O'Neill cylinder<p><b>Named For:</b> …

James Bond's Goldfinger Aston Martin still missing after 17 years

James Bond is inextricably linked with British motoring, especially Aston Martin, but the spy with a license to kill is missing one of his most famous cars. The original DB5 packed with gadgets for the movie <i>Goldfinger</i> has been lost for the last 17 years with no leads as to its whereabouts.<p>This year …

10 Cars That Paved the Way for the Next Corvette

Corvette patron saint Zora Arkus-Duntovs pursuit of a mid-engined Corvette never wavered. His legacy is this family album of experiments, prototypes, concepts, and stillborn production proposals.<p><i>Originally published at Car and Driver.</i>