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The Legendary Barris Kustom Shop Behind the Original Batmobile and These 10 Other Crazy Creations is Closing

Written by Chris Chilton, CarScoops



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Barris Kustom Industries, the birthplace of some of the most famous modified cars of the 20th century, looks set to close.

Self-proclaimed “king of the customizers” George Barris moved his business to North Hollywood in 1961 after splitting from his brother and former partner, Sam. But according to the L.A. Times, the corner lot is now up for sale for $3.995 million and will almost certainly be redeveloped.


Barris, who passed away in 2015, is best known for creating the original Batmobile. After fellow customizer Dean Jeffries decided he couldn’t meet the TV show’s producers’ tight deadline, Barris finished the job in just three weeks, turning an old 1950s Lincoln Futura concept into a car fit for a superhero.


The metal fabrication was actually carried out by another shop on Barris’s instruction, but Barris was a canny businessman, and happily took the credit---and the cash. He retained ownership of the Batmobile, leasing it to the show, and eventually sold it for $4.6 million in 2013.


But the Batmobile was far from the only crazy creation to spring from the mind of George Barris. Here are a few highlights, plus a couple of lowlights to prove that even a genius can have an off-day.


The Munster’s Koach



According to Barris Kustom’s website, Geroge and his team built this creepy sedan for the 1960s TV show, The Munsters, in just 21 days. The 18-foot hot rod was created by fusing three Ford Model T bodies and was powered by...

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