The great and regretted car guru has signed the model and the 1951 Lincoln Lido Coupe even comes with a letter of authenticity – and you can have it on eBay for $48,900..
George Barris – the legendary creator of the 1966 Batmobile ($4.3M at auction) – was a man of many automotive talents and he worked his magic on this 1951 Lincoln Lido coupe as well. To date there are no other known Barris mods on such a model and the example here was held for very long by automotive painting expert and assistant to Barris’ Batmobile, Roy “Tubs” Johnson, who worked at Barris Kustom Industries for more than three decades.
The most interesting feature of the model is of course the eye-catching bespoke paint job: two-tone dark green and light green metallic finish, complete with Von Dutch’s signature pin-striping from front to back, and original chrome components. The original dark green vinyl top is still there and shows no signs of fatigue. The cabin has the same theme – two-tone green vinyl finish with velour split is splashed on the doors, as well as front and rear seats. The dash bears Barris’ signature and there’s also a unique shift knob on the column to work the four-speed automatic transmission. The original pieces include the AM radio and gauges, as well as the feisty V8 with just 49,209 miles on the odometer.