On November 5th, 2015, the automotive industry had to say “goodbye” to George Barris, the Kustomizer king and the creator of the original Bat Mobile.
His passing was announced by his son, Brett Barris via Facebook, who wrote “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 the way he wanted till the end.”
Over the years, George Barris built his reputation in the film and auto industry by creating some of the most iconic cars seen on the big screen and on television shows. However, his most memorable achievement was the creation of the original Bat Mobile for the 1960s Bat Man TV show. Besides the Bat Mobile, other famous cars to leave his shop included KITT from the original Knight Rider TV show, the Munster Koach, and the Beverly Hillbillies car.
Mr. Barris was bit by the custom car bug at the young age of 18 and since then, he was a very influential person in the industry we love so much. His passing comes at a great loss and we truly will miss his presence.
George Barris opened his first kustom garage on Imperial Highway in Bell, CA and later moved it to Compton Avenue in Lynwood, CA. His current shop, Barris Kustom Industries is headquartered in Northern Hollywood.
Thanks for all the memorable cars and we will really miss you George.
Information Source: LA Observed