Batmobile creator and custom car king George Barris dies

Published: Friday 6th November 2015 by The News Editor

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George Barris, who created television’s original Batmobile, along with scores of other beautifully customised, instantly recognisable vehicles that helped define California car culture, has died at 89.

Barris Kustom Industries spokesman Edward Lozzi said he died on Thursday, following a lengthy illness.

Barris was still in high school in Northern California when he designed his first fully-customised car, a 1936 Ford.

Soon afterwards he formed Kustoms Car Club and went to work in earnest with his brother Sam.

Over the next 70 years he would design hundreds of cars for television shows, movies, celebrities, heads of state – and ordinary people.

Two of the most famous were the Batmobile, created for the iconic 1960s TV show, and The Munsters Koach, built for the television show The Munsters.

Published: Friday 6th November 2015 by The News Editor

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