George Barris, creator of the Batmobile for the ’60s Batman TV show and other TV vehicles, has passed away. He was 89 years old.
Barris’ death was announced on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles, by his son Brett Barris:
“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.”
Barris is most famous for creating the Batmobile used in the 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West. Taking a concept car known as the Lincoln Futura, and modifying it to fit the television show, Barris created an iconic vehicle that thrilled television viewers for decades and is strongly linked into the Batman mythos of the era. Among the other cars Barris created was the jalopy used by The Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters‘ macabre Koach, and the original K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.
He also created custom cars for other productions as well as for private customers. His shop, Barris Kustom Shop, remains today in North Hollywood. Funeral arrangements were not reported at the annoucement of his death. Today, a man responsible for so much of television history’s most famous rides has passed on.
Word of the Nerd offers its condolences to the Barris family.