George Barris created an iconic television vehicle that remains as stunning today as it was in 1966.
The Adam West era Batmobile is as much a head turner today as it was when revealed as the signature vehicle for 20th Century Fox’s Batman television series. Created by George Barris in just fifteen days the car became just as much of a star of the show as it’s leading cast. Having worked on cars for Alfred Hitchcock movies and the 1960 big screen version of The Time Machine Barris was charged with creating a vehicle for Batman. Turning to a Lincoln Futura concept car as his basis which he’d purchased for just $1 directly from Lincoln‘s parent company, Ford, he then set about crafting the vehicle in a little over two weeks. George Barris retained possession of the original Batmobile (a further four were built from moulds of the original) in his personal collection until 2013 when he sold it for $4.6 million.
The sad news of George Barris‘ passing came via a facebook message from his son Brett Barris. The message reads:
“Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky. 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. He would want everyone celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy. Thank you all for the posts and calls, your love is deeply appreciated. Peace”