George Barris, the designer behind the original Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show has died in Los Angeles at the age of 89, his son Brett announced.
Known as the King of the Kustomizers, the 89 year-old Barris died at home in his sleep on Thursday.
“Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary custom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky,” the Facebook posting said.
Aside from the iconic Batmobile, Barris also created vehicles for the 1980s TV show Knight Rider, and the 1960s shows The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Monkees. His vehicles also appeared in the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock movie North by Northwest.
Barris said that his company made the Batmobile in two weeks from a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept sedan he bought for just a dollar.
In 2013 that Batmobile sold at auction for more than $4 million.
Let’s take this opportunity to take a look at the history of the Batmobile. The original’s influence can be seen in every iteration of the iconic car.