The new tool 57 is a good kit, but pie shaped. I've figured out how to narrow the back half of the body and section the rear bumper so all is good. The opening trunk really helps on this. Compare it to a new Revell 57 and you'll see what I'm talking about. Great donor kit for other mid 50's GM builds too.
The old 8 cylinder A/C compressor wouldn't live with the higher RPM's the Fuelie engine would turn. Also the engine lacked the low RPM torque to idle with the load of the A/C on. Driveability nightmare.
I was a teenager at the time the show came out, and I did buy and build the 1/32 kit because it was all that I could get. But yes, I was HIGHLY disappointed that had no engine and that it didn't fit with my other models.. Not all Batfans were pre-teens.
It looks to be that a young boy, perhaps about 12 or 13, had a well stocked parts box and wanted a 1/25 scale Batmobile when the TV show went on air in '66, but all of the kit manufactures were asleep at the wheel. You can see where it had fins at one time, and I'd bet it had some kind of front windscreens at one time too. I guess he couldn't wait 40 years.