Whether you’re eight years old or 80, it’s hard to keep yourself from staring when James Benken cruises the streets of Mattituck.
With his trusty sidekick Greg Richards, nearly every Sunday Mr. Benken backs his replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s television series out of his Main Road, Jamesport workshop, and goes to town, where people ogle his homemade creation constantly.
Though the Batmobile is by far Mr. Benken’s most popular design, he’s also built a Monkeemobile, designed after the modified Pontiac GTO driven by the Monkees in their 1960s television show.
He sold it to a man in England, who recently contacted the Monkees when they were on a reunion tour there. After that, the Monkees rode in the Monkeemobile for part of their tour.
Mr. Benken has also made replicas of the A-Team van, the Batcycle and the Knight Rider car. He also has a mold made from the original “Death Car” from the 1977 film “The Car,” although he hasn’t sold any Death Cars yet. – Source