The genius behind the original Batmobile and Munster Koach has unfortunately passed away in his sleep at the age of 89.
George Barris has achieved a lot during his lifetime by working on the cars in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, The Time Machine, Mannix and High School Confidential. Moreover, Barris has worked on customizing the vehicles of celebrities, leaving his stamp on Bob Hope and Elton John’s rides.
The Batmobile creator has built numerous cars for different motion pictures and partnered up with the toy company Revell in order to create model car kits of some of the custom cars he had built along the years. However, among all its work, the Batmobile stays at the iconic top of car productions, built from a Lincoln concept knows as the Futura. The production of the car was estimated at around $15,000 and Barris sold the car back in 2013 at an auction where the beauty left its creator for $4.6 million.
DC Entertainment stated that “George’s design contributions to the legendary 1966 Batmobile thrilled fans of the classic Batman TV show, left an indelible mark on Batman legacy and lore and is still recognized as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time”, adding that Barris was a mastermind in terms of creativity.
George Barris’ son, Brett Barris went on Facebook to say that he is “Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky.” Brett Barris added that his father “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. He would want everyone to celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy.”