Cruising in the Batmobile

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Many men idolize the Batman, not only for his suave personality and billionaire bank account, but also for his awesome car. Gulf Insider checks out Mohammed Alansari’s ride which is close to the original.

At 44 years old, Alansari is a dashing man who adds character to his car. His job as a Security and Fraud Risk Manager in an international bank has taken him places and has actually lent context to his motoring.

In 2004, he was selected to be one of the board members of the Bahrain Drag Racing Club (BDRC). Through this initiative, they were able to launch the first ever Ebrahim Kanoo Drag Race in the BIC. After switching jobs to a new bank, he established the WOLF bike group in 2010 alongside his childhood friends Rayan Askar, Redha Almass, Arif Alkhaja and Fadhel Haji. This is when he got his collector-item Harley Davidson Crossbones bike from the Softail family which he says is a keeper.

Classic is always best, and a good vintage car, refurbished to look like the original will stay with you and/or your family for decades.

The car which he calls his baby is a 1980 Corvette with a top down feature. The gleaming black exterior houses a classy black and white interior. The engine is composed of a 305 cu LG4 V8 with 180 horsepower and a 3-speed hydramatic transmission. The wheels and tires are P225/ 70R-15. He plans to restore this car in the SMS garage to look like the original car from the wheels to the fixtures. (From the start, this was Alansari’s dream car but he initially got resistance from his father in owning this beast machine so he contented himself with having a Transam GTA and a modified Convertible 1998 Camaro).

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Rewiring the Classics

In the future, he wants it to be changed to a red color from the inside, and this exciting project he wants to undertake in partnership with SMS garage. He dreams of an engine powered by the new generation of GM motors with an LS or LT engine and transmission. Of course he will look to local legend, “the” Ebrahim Kanoo for advice. He also wants to add hidden gadgets like a great stereo like Bose system AUX and a rear camera. This project of his is estimated to cost somewhere around BHD12 to BHD18,000.000 because it’s a complete overhaul: engine, transmission, rear end, suspension, moldings, weather straps, new paint, fully new interior as well as gadgets.

Alansari’s advice for anyone who wants to customize their car is: stay close to the original. Classic is always best, and a good vintage car, refurbished to look like the original will stay with you and/or your family for decades.

To learn more about how to customize your own Corvette, visit ecklerscorvette.com.

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