Vale: George Barris
Classic TV car designer best known for designing Batman's Batmobile, has died.
Classic TV car designer George Barris, best known for designing Batman’s Batmobile, has died, aged 89.
His son wrote on Facebook that he “has moved to a bigger garage in the sky” adding that “he was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home.”
His most famous creation was Adam West and Burt Ward’s legendary Batmobile in the 1960s. Working from a 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura, Barris created a sleek black-and-red-pinstriped crime-fighting machine, complete with swooping rear fins, a turbine exhaust, and all manner of gadgets.
However, in addition to the Batmobile, Barris also souped up a Model T for The Munsters, designed the jalopy for The Beverly Hillbillies, plus cars for Mannix and later seasons of Knight Rider.
There were also cars for Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, 1958’s High School Confidential and 1960’s The Time Machine.
Barris also worked on cars for personal use for stars such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.