"Mother" was a 1928 Porter, but not one of the two real-life Porter makes. It was created by George Barris, who modified the experimental 1950s Lincoln Futura into the Batmobile. The car was built from a 1927 Ford Model T Touring car, with a 327 Chevy V8 engine and automatic transmission. Barris built two Porters for the show; one is now in Tennessee, the other is in Alberta. One car had removable floorboards and controls, which allowed the car to be driven with a driver out of sight, controlling it by watching through hidden mirrors. See more »
I have always remembered the song words appearing under the picture on the TV in white and a small white ball bouncing across the words in time to the music so that you could sing along. As my mother was born in 1928 she used to say 'that's me' so I can always remember her age as I thought she meant she was a 1928 porter. I don't remember the program title at all or the fact that the car was really meant to be a mother, just that as a kid I liked the show but couldn't often watch it all for some reason, maybe a paper round or something. I must have been 12 then though I thought I was younger, oh well. I remember Mr.Ed and shows like that being on around then. Of course the car looked black to me as our 'telly' was black and white, no colour. If anyone has a copy of a show I would love to watch just one for old times sake!
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