TV Batmobile designer George Barris dies at age 89

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Batmobile Creator George Barris Dead.

George Barris, the man who designed some of TV’s coolest cars — starting with the Holy Grail, Batmobile No. 1, the primo prop used in the 1960s TV series Batman — has died, age 89. “Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky.The original king of the car customizing world, , who created some of the most iconic movie and television cars ever thought up, died of a brain tumor Wednesday night at the age of 89.

Harris was the drive and vision behind the custom car world and created cars like the Batmobile for Adam West’s television series, Batman, as well as the Muster Koach and Monkeemobile. He would want everyone celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy.” As a custom car designer, Barris was among the best, designing iconic cars for scores of movies and TV shows, such as K.I.T.T deom Knight Rider, the jalopy from The Beverly Hillbillies, the coach from The Munsters, the transformed DeLorean from Back to the Future, the stretch dune buggy in The Monkees, and even the General Lee on The Dukes of Hazzard. He lived his life they way he wanted til the end.” Along with designing the Batmobile driven in the ’60s “Batman” TV show, Barris also designed the Green Hornet’s car, the “Beverly Hillbillies” jalopy, the Munster Koach and K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider.” The car customizer’s first shop was Barris Kustom Shop located on Imperial Highway in Bell, Calif.

NBCLA’s Patrick Healy visited with Barris at his landmark North Hollywood shop. (Published Saturday, May 7, 2011) The Batmobile — which Barris made in about two weeks from a 1955 sedan he for bought for $1 — became arguably the most famous car ever created. It’s now a star attraction at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Dick Messer, retired director of the museum, told USA TODAY in 2005, when many of Barris’ cars were put up for auction, that Barris’ genius leaned less on careful craftsmanship and more on sheer sizzle. The popularity of his cars caught the eye of Hollywood, and his first film assignments included work on cars for Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, High School Confidential and 1960’s The Time Machine. After Barris formed the hobby club “Kustoms of America,” his work got noticed by Hollywood, with producers commissioning him a car for the movie “High School Confidential” in 1958. Barris rolled out a Lincoln concept car called the Lincoln Futura that he had kept in storage for about decade and used that as his base, constructing the car in just 15 days.

Barris made a public appearance as recently as September at an event in Van Nuys, California, to promote a book based on his work, “King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris,” released on Sept. 1.

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