George Barris, who creator of the Batmobile for the 1966 Batman series, has passed away. Barris passed away in his home at the age of 89 surrounded by family.
Barris built and supplied cars for films and television series including North by Northwest, The Time Machine, The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies. Barris created the iconic Batmobile from a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car from Ford he purchased for $1. With a budget of $15,000, the car was created in just 15 days. Barris himself purchased the vehicle following the ned of the TV series and placed it on display in his North Hollywood custom-car shop. the car recently sold at auction in 2013 for a staggering $4.62 million.
DC Entertainment issued a statement on the passing George Barris:
George Barris was a true creative genius and we are saddened to learn of his passing. 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.“Growing up I wanted to fight crime just so I could drive George’s Batmobile,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “It was my great honor to get to meet him in person recently and to thank him for his contributions to the world of Batman, and there was no greater thrill than getting to sit in that Batmobile from my childhood.”