George Barris, Creator of the Batmobile, Dies at 89

George Barris Dead
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George Barris, the creator of the Batmobile and other TV and movie vehicles, died Thursday, his son, Brett, announced on Facebook. He was 89.

“Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky,” his son wrote. “He passed on peacefully in his sleep at 2:45 am. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. 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.”

George Barris designed the original Batmobile driven in the 1960s TV show. The car is pictured here in Barris’ garage.

The car customizer’s first shop was Barris Kustom Shop located on Imperial Highway in Bell, Calif. It was later moved to Lynwood, Calif., but Barris continued his association with North Hollywood, Calif. Barris Kustom Industries remains there.

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  1. I remember watching TV as a kid and getting excited seeing the custom cars he made. He made me a car junky for life! You were a good man! God bless

  2. Philip Marshall says:

    Thank you for all of the happy memories your creations have brought to me. I was lucky enough to catch your appearances [as yourself] on a couple of TV shows recently aired. Best wishes to those you leave behind.

  3. jeffery anderson says:

    GEORGE BARRIS was one the original california customizers along with his brother SAM.HE created many award winning custom cars before becoming involved with creating several HOLLYWOOD TV CARS and becoming a household name.

  4. RIP and thanks for the memories.

    George Vreeland Hill

    • imaginmotion says:

      Although I’ve never met George personally,I’ve seen him at various shows and considered him my mentor since I also do bodywork/customizing.You did better than good George.May God rest your soul Condolences to the Barris family Thanks for the education in print.

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